How to Research a Home Before You Attend a Showing

by Linda Aiken 11/11/2018

If you’re hunting for a new home, it can be tempting to make an appointment to view as many as possible. However, it can be a better use of your time to narrow down the search beforehand and eliminate houses from your list based on some at-home research. That way you can use those extra hours for fine-tuning your home search and make sure you visit only the houses that will suit your every need.

In this article, we’ll teach you some ways to research a home, neighborhood and town before you take the time to visit.

Things to Research about Your Potential New Neighborhood

So you’ve found a listing that looks nice. Your next step should be to find out as much as possible about the area the home is in to make sure it suits your needs.

A good first step is to head over to Google Maps to find out which amenities are in the area. Schools, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, parks… the list goes on. This is also a good time to map out how long it will take you on average to drive to work from this house and to see if it will lead you through any high-traffic areas that might affect your daily schedule.

You can also research other homes in the area to see if the house is selling higher or lower than average. This will give you a question to ask the real estate agent if you choose to reach out for further information.

Town statistics

Another step to take on Google for this home is to look up statistics for things like neighborhood crime, ratings for the school district, and the state of local businesses.

Is the area up-and-coming with healthy businesses and low crime? If so, it could be worth pursuing further.

If you’re planning on having children or already do, the quality of the education could be of importance to you.

Finally, get an idea of the local tax rates so you know how much you’ll owe the government for your property and excise taxes.

Researching the house itself

If you’re comfortable with the town and neighborhood, there’s still some research you can do online before you schedule a showing.

See if you can find out if the house belongs to a homeowner’s association. Look up their rules and fees to see if they’re agreeable to you and your family’s lifestyle and plans for the future.

Look up the sale history for the home. If there are several recent sales, this could be a sign of problems with the home or neighborhood. Similarly, if the price has increased or decreased dramatically more than nearby houses, consider asking the real estate agent why this is.

Finally, see if you can view the number of days the home has been on on the market, commonly abbreviated as “DOM.” This will give you some insight as to how desirable the home and neighborhood are.


Once you have all of the information at your disposal, you’ll be in a position to decide whether or not to schedule an appointment to view the home.

About the Author
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Linda Aiken

Florida Executive Realty delivers a true one-stop-shopping opportunity for homebuyers and sellers. These services include the professional coordination of the home search, property marketing, negotiation of purchase or sale, and details of closing. With a commitment to providing each customer with a full service real estate experience, I will work with you throughout the entire home search and negotiation process, and assist in finalizing the details. My Services and Areas of Expertise Include: I have been a property owner in South Tampa for more than 20 years. In addition to the family home I have a number of rental properties and am experienced in working with investors to determine which properties would make ideal rentals. For many years as a military spouse, I moved across the country and the ocean. This has provided me with the insight to assist persons moving from near and far, whether they are military or civillian. I am a trained real estate professional with expert skills at marketing, presentation, negotiation and sales. I will work with you to ensure that your property is sold for the highest price possible in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of inconvenience to you.