Thanks to COVID-19, the new reality is that many open houses and home tours are being conducted virtually. For prospective home buyers, this new territory brings an added element to prepare for in the home buying process. Some of the questions that should be asked in a virtual home tour parallel those of in-person tours, but others are unique to today’s virtual world.
Could you zoom in?
- Sometimes it can be difficult to get a true glimpse at what you want to see in a room. Asking the agent to zoom in on specific features is commonplace in virtual home tours, and they understand this is part of the viewer experience. Don’t hesitate to ask multiple times. Getting a better look at everything you want to see will help you feel like you’ve gotten the most out of your virtual tour.
How many square feet are in this room?
- Virtual tours can slightly distort space, making it tough to gauge the size. The room-to-room square footage is information the agent is sure to have handy. Since you can’t be there in person, it will help you piece together the virtual visuals with the sense of physical space that we’re all accustomed to feeling in the places we live.
What color is that?
- In the smartphone era, and computer era at large, we have come to understand that digital representations of color are not always true to the eye. Ask the agent to confirm specific colors so you can plan accordingly. Have a color swatch on hand or look the colors up online as you go through the tour.
When were the appliances last updated?
- The importance of this question rings true in past, present, and future. Knowing the state of the home’s appliances, and the likelihood and timing of when they will need replacement, is vital information for both assessing the move-in readiness of the home and understanding what costs might lie ahead.
Has the seller provided an inspection?
- This is another example of a critical question, whether your home tour is virtual or physical. If the seller has already done an inspection, ask the agent to lead you to any areas of concern based on the inspector’s findings. If there is anything that has not yet been addressed by the seller, have your agent ask what their plan is for making the necessary repairs/updates.
When is the offer review date?
- Understanding the seller’s timeline for reviewing and accepting offers will help guide your decision-making process and allow you to strategize based on the timeline.
Whether your home tour is physical or virtual, getting the information you need to make an informed decision remains paramount. Although there is no substitute for physically being in the home you are looking to buy, keeping these questions in mind will position you well as you progress through the home buying journey.
A slice of mountain heaven at 31931 Stevens Way in Conifer that feels mystical as you meander through the 6 acres with a babbling brook that winds its way through large aspens groves & towering Conifer trees. The gem of a house is positioned to capture rolling mountain views and Colorado sunshine. There has been some serious updating to this home and grounds. The entire house has been painted inside and out. There’s a new kitchen that sports a new floor, solid cherry cabinets with an espresso finish, granite counter tops, new refrigerator, range and dishwasher and a tile backsplash that reaches the ceiling. New high altitude windows and patio doors. Updated master bathroom. New carpet throughout. New washer, dryer, and freezer. Two-year-old Clear Springs Hot Tub. Generac Guardian Generator with smart technology. All decks are refurbished. New and updated electrical Breaker boxes. Heated Garage with 220. Such a turn-key property! Contact John and Yvette Putt at (720) 201-1332 or (303) 882-2245 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Come home to 34808 Forest Estates in Evergreen, a surprising retreat. Almost an acre that is surrounded by impressive spruces and aspens that allow for a very private and quiet setting. The extensive half covered & half-open back deck has stairs that lead to a portion of a flat, manicured backyard that is carefully fenced. Outside the fenced area, are paths that meander. allowing for strolls through the forest along the small creek. Meticulously maintained and updated. The kitchen has been remodeled with new granite countertops, subway backsplash, new hardware, and new stainless-steel appliances. Professionally painted inside and out in tandem with professionally landscaped backyard with drought-resistant sod. Open concept with vaulted ceilings, fireplace and direct access to the oversized deck that overlooks the display of trees. Spacious Master suite has an adjoining bath. The lower level has a large family room.
Amazing custom remodel at 7875 Native Dancer Trail in Evergreen that now provides an open main floor living layout with vaulted ceilings accented with timber beams and beautiful wood floors. The kitchen, which is the center piece of the living area, sports a wolf range, subzero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and substantial granite counter space along with abundant cabinets. There are two fireplaces on either side of this large integrated room, along with sky reaching windows that flood the whole area with light and views of the clouds passing by. There are two large decks…one on the South side of the house and one on the North for relaxing or entertaining. The Lower level could be a mother-in-law apartment or just two additional bedrooms and recreation room. Located in the wonderful quiet neighborhood of Evergreen Meadows West on 2.6 acres. This is a property that is a must see! Contact John Putt at (720) 201-1332 or Yvette Putt at (303) 882-2245 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
FLOOR TO CEILING INSPIRATION Simple Designs are the most extraordinary! This Modern Rocky Mountain Passive Solar Masterpiece at 23201 Loggers Trail in Evergreen is sited at the base of a 60 ft. Rock Outcropping and is oriented to a commanding view of Mt. Evans. Architect Anderson Mason Dale designed a house that celebrates the Rocky Mountains while incorporating basic passive solar techniques. Sunlight spills through a long glass skylight that floods the massive 33ft x 135ft long elemental Moss Rock wall and brings natural light into the interior spaces where the rich wood ceilings and beams are illuminated. There is a harmonious flow between indoor and out that makes it perfectly in tune with its surrounding natural environment. Outdoor patios are located on either side of the main living and dining areas allowing for great relaxing or Party movement. 5759 SF Property has 24.99 Acres, zoned A-2. Large Barn/workshop (1953.25 SF) Contact John Putt at (720) 201-1332 or Yvette Putt at (303) 882-2245 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Enjoy an active lifestyle at this 55+ community at 31719 Rocky Village Drive Unit 203 located in the Rocky Mountain Village Estates. Immaculate, lovingly cared for spacious condo is ready for you to call your own! Generous floorplan is flooded in abundant natural light and boasts a private balcony with courtyard views. Cozy gas burning fireplace is the perfect place to warm up on a chilly evening. Master suite with a walk-in closet and private bath. Updates include new carpet, fresh paint, new lighting & a new kitchen faucet. Excellent community amenities including a fitness center, community room, workshop, craft room, billiards room & many organized activities. Located in desirable North Evergreen in an amazing location walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, a recreation center & the Center for the Arts. Make the most of Colorado’s beautiful sunshine and scenery at the nearby lake, open space & hiking trails. Just off I-70 for easy access to Denver. Convenient included covered carport space & ample guest parking. Contact John Putt at (720) 201-1332 or Yvette Putt at (303) 822-2245 for your private showing for more information or click the link below for more details.
Cute Perl Mack 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow with wonderful yard. Recently updated by the family that enjoyed living here for 60 years.
Contact Yvette Putt for your private showing at (303)882-2245 for more information or click the link below for more details.
4241 S Meadow Brook Pond is an Upper Bear Creek Icon. Privacy and comforts of a home by the water. Classic sophistication of this home is highlighted by Craftsman touches finished with the upmost precision and detail. Completely remodel in 2006. Additional kitchen remodel in 2013. Just about every room has a view of the pond and the mountains. Echos of history are displayed by the showpiece mossback fireplace and the President Eisenhower brass plate on the lower suite door. Many of the rooms spill out onto decks or patios that show off views and gardens and outdoor spaces.
This charming vintage 1930’s home at 2885 SE Grapevine Rd has a wonderful outdoor space equipped with views of the rolling mountains & Idledale Valley from the Southern deck, with a completely fenced yard for privacy & plenty of space to accommodate lots of guests for entertaining or quiet solitude. The large kitchen is updated with tile floors & stainless-steel appliances. The family/dining room merges the vintage with the new tile & slate floors accented with a stone wood fireplace. Nice size master on the main level with wonderful views. Small & efficient study off of the kitchen. The lower level has its own entrance & has a living room, bar, bedroom and bath. Contact Yvette Putt for your private showing at (303) 882-2245 for more information or click the link below for more details.
Your kids have moved out and now you’re living in a big house with way more space than you need. You have two choices – remodel your existing home or move. Here are some things to consider about each option.
Choice No. 1: Remodel your existing home to better fit your current needs.
- Remodeling gives you lots of options, but some choices can reduce the value of your home. You can combine two bedrooms into a master suite or change another bedroom into a spa area. But reducing the number of bedrooms can dramatically decrease the value of your house when you go to sell, making it much less desirable to a typical buyer with a family.
- The ROI on remodeling is generally poor. You should remodel because it’s something that makes your home more appealing for you, not because you want to increase the value of your home. According to a recent study, on average you’ll recoup just 64 percent of a remodeling project’s investment when you go to sell.
- Remodeling is stressful. Living in a construction zone is no fun, and an extensive remodel may mean that you have to move out of your home for a while. Staying on budget is also challenging. Remodels often end up taking much more time and much more money than homeowners expect.
Choice No. 2: Sell your existing home and buy your empty nest dream home.
- You can downsize to a single-level residence and upsize your lifestyle. Many people planning for their later years prefer a home that is all on one level and has less square footage. But downsizing doesn’t mean scrimping. You may be able to funnel the proceeds of the sale of your existing home into a great view or high-end amenities.
- A “lock-and-leave” home offers more freedom. As your time becomes more flexible, you may want to travel more. Or maybe you’d like to spend winters in a sunnier climate. You may want to trade your existing home for the security and low maintenance of condominium living.
- There has never been a better time to sell. Our area is one of the top in the country for sellers to get the greatest return on investment. Real estate is cyclical, so the current boom is bound to moderate at some point. If you’re thinking about selling, take advantage of this strong seller’s market and do it now.
If your current home no longer works for you, consider looking at homes that would meet your lifestyle needs before taking on the cost and hassle of remodeling. Get in touch with a Windermere Real Estate broker to discuss the best option for you.