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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Couple Taking Self-Guided Property Tour in Huntington WoodsIf you are hunting for a new Huntington Woods rental home, you should know that touring rentals are a major part of finding the perfect one. However, arranging showings with landlords who are as busy as you can lead to frustration. Even with today’s digital technology, the photos and virtual walk-throughs available for most listings are still not enough for you to get a full appreciation of the property. This might be the reason why 83% of renters prefer self-guided property tours instead. Even as self-guided rental home tours have many benefits, they have some disadvantages as well. Before you choose a self-guided tour during your Huntington Woods rental home search, you should consider the pros and cons first.


Most busy renters choose self-guided tours since they can easily fit them into their schedules. Self-guided tours allow you to visit and check out the property on your own. Comparatively, a traditional tour requires the landlord or rental agent to meet with you at the property. You only have to reserve a time slot, receive an access code and then you can visit the property at your convenience. You also need not worry about other applicants showing up once you have secured a time slot. For security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked. This will ensure you won’t be looking at the property with other people who might also want the same rental house.

Most renters prefer to be given free rein to explore the rental home and property without a landlord or rental agent with them. You don’t have to feel pressed for time or hide your impression of the property if you don’t like it. Also, a lot of renters like not having anyone asking revealing questions or making them feel they need to decide immediately. Most people do not like being rushed into making big decisions on a place you might be calling home.


Of course, there are also some disadvantages to self-guided property tours. The leasing office will usually let you complete an application or screening check before they give you access to a property. If you don’t pass these checks, it is barely likely that you even get a chance to see the property. The landlord or leasing agent may not even let you know why you were denied.

Another potential drawback to self-guided rental house tours is that you cannot ask questions while going through the property. Although you can text or email someone about it later, you may forget some questions that come up during your tour. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and so on. There are many tidbits of information that a landlord or leasing agent could tell you when you view a property. These details could be vital in deciding if you should rent the place or not.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide on what property tour you would like to have. While both traditional and self-guided tours each have their pros and cons, you can still use them to your advantage until you find your next Huntington Woods rental home. If you’re on the search for a new place to live, contact us to see what properties we have available today.

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