I was with a buyer in a home recently, and she asked me something which I thought I should write about, “Am I looking at these homes too fast?”
My answer was, “No.” And here’s why.
We had been spending about 10-15 minutes in each home. The homes were about 2500 square feet. And other than maybe a few, there were features/amenities that would have ruled the home out from being “the one.”
I never rush a buyer through a home, nor should you ever feel rushed. If you need/want to spend an hour in a home-go for it! However, I also feel, for at least the first walk through, anything over 20 minutes is probably unnecessary. If you feel good about it, and it fits your needs, and wants list, you will likely know right away.
If you are thinking about furniture layout (which I don’t think a home should ever be bought based off your furniture), that is fine. I get it-it needs to work, but spending a lot of time doing that initially, in a strong market, might cost you on the home you love anyway.
My advice would be to walk the home at your pace, making sure you check whatever is most important to you, and check the lot/grounds to make sure that satisfies your list, and do area research as needed. If you explained what you wanted to your Realtor, they should be able to help you too.
I bought my first home after not even wanting to see the inside. My Realtor made me look at it and the walk through was probably no more than 10 minutes.
Buying a home is probably going to be one of your biggest purchases ever. You want to make sure you get what you love. Take the time as you need to look. What I suggest as possible walk through times is just my opinion. The bottom line-don’t ever feel rushed. It’s your purchase. Spend 0 seconds, or 1 hour.