Home Buying

Viewing Homes

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it. It’s great to find a home you like online, but you’ll never truly know if it’s the right fit for you until viewing it in person. There are so many factors that go into making a home “the right fit” — light, acoustics, neighborhood, views, privacy, smell, size, and layout, to name a few– that it would be impossible to get a true sense of a house without visiting.

Viewing homes can be more than just seeing individual houses. It’s a great time to get to know neighborhoods. It’s a great time to gather information about homes that will either be comparables or still on the market when you are determining what to offer on the home you couldn’t eliminate. There is a smart way to view homes.  Click here to learn the details.


Now, let’s look at some specific questions sent in by DearMonty readers from across the country. Read more Q&A articles about the “Viewing Homes” stage of the Home Buying process:

  1. Ten great tips to start your home search

    Reader Question: We are outgrowing our apartment and going to investigate buying a home. We want to do this without the help of our parents and friends, but we have no idea where to start. We want to do it right. How should we get started? Michael and Anna L. Monty’s Answer: Home seekers that […]

    September 15, 2014
  2. 7 critical home condition items

    Reader Question: We looked at a home that we are considering making an offer for. When our friends at dinner asked us about the house, there were questions that came up we couldn’t answer. We then realized that we were focused on the floor plan and how our furniture and decorating accessories could fit, and […]

    September 9, 2014
  3. 5 best tips for newbie roommates renting.

    Reader Question: Hello Monty, 3 of us are looking to rent a place. We want the total rent to be as close to $1,350.00 per month as possible. We want to start a lease in August 2013. Can you find an agent for us? Kirsten D. – Tampa, FL Monty’s Answer: Hello Kirsten, Monty can only find […]

    April 16, 2013
  4. What should I look for when viewing a home?

    …Smartly Experience has proven that the more you know about viewing a home smartly, the better chance you  have of making the right decisions when you are ready to make an offer on one. This prior knowledge can help save you time and result in a successful transaction for both you and the seller. Ready, […]

    June 1, 2011