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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Sterling Heights Tenants Touring a Potential Rental HomeIf you are on the search for your latest rental home, you perceive that touring the units is a large portion of finding that perfect fit. Nonetheless, attempting to arrange showings with Sterling Heights property managers can indeed be a disappointing experience, especially in our hectic lives. Advances in digital technology have brought us listings with countless photos and even virtual walk-throughs, but on the other hand, these tools occasionally aren’t adequate to get a full sense of the property. Possibly this is why 83% of renters prefer self-guided property tours over all other options. There are naturally numerous advantages to self-guided rental home tours, though there are some drawbacks too. Assessing the advantages and disadvantages before selecting a self-guided tour during your Sterling Heights rental home search is significant.


Self-guided tours are preferable for many renters because of the benefits they offer people with busy and eventful schedules. Opposite a traditional tour, where you should arrange to meet a landlord or rental agent at the property, self-guided property tours are arranged so you can access the property at your convenience. You request a convenient time slot, arrange for an access code, and then go to the property whenever you’re ready and prepared. When you have a time slot, another advantage is that you don’t need to be afraid of other applicants showing up while you’re there. Due to security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked, which guarantees you won’t have awkward encounters with people against whom you might end up competing for the same rental house.

When you are at the property, most renters like the fact that you are free to explore the rental home without a landlord or rental agent looking over your shoulder. You don’t need to feel pressed for time or to hide your honest reaction to the property should you not want it. Moreover, several renters love not having someone there trying to ask rather revealing questions or making them look like they need to decide immediately. Not many people wish to be rushed into decisions, especially not ones as big as where you will be living for the next few months or years.


Naturally, self-guided property tours come with a few disadvantages too. Before you are given access to a property, the probabilities are that the leasing office will first ask you to complete an application or a quick screening check. If you don’t pass these checks for numerous reasons, there’s little hope of ever coming in the front door. You may not even perceive why you are denied unless the landlord or leasing agent is willing to talk about it with you.

Another potential drawback to self-guided rental house tours is that you cannot ask questions while going through the property. Although you can naturally text or email someone about it at a later time, you may have questions during the tour that you overlook or forget to ask later. You may moreover miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, etc. These are elements that a professional Sterling Heights landlord or leasing agent should be able to inform you when you look at a property. If indeed, no one is there with you, you may not know about these things until much later in your search process.

In the long run, it is up to you to decide which type of property tour works for you. Although both traditional and self-guided tours have pros and cons, you can still make use of them to your advantage till you see your next rental home. If you’re on the hunt for a new place to live, Real Property Management Main offers flexible touring options for good homes near you. You can view our listings online.

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