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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours in Gwinnett County

If you’re hunting for a new Gwinnett County rental home, you know touring multiple properties is a significant portion of finding that perfect fit. Yet, aiming to A Guide to Viewing Second-Hand Property | Property Guides | showings with landlords can be a frustrating experience, especially in this new world of social distancing. Advances in digital technology have offered us listings with many photos and even 3D virtual walk-throughs. Unfortunately, these tools are just not enough to get a full sense of the property sometimes. There are many advantages to self-guided property tours, but there are also some drawbacks. It is vital to consider both the pros and cons of self-guided property tours during your Gwinnett County rental home search.


Self-guided property tours and virtual tours are quickly becoming quite a popular option when it comes to viewing homes. There are many benefits of handling a self-guided tour. Unlike a traditional tour, where there will be a landlord or rental agent at the property, self-guided property tours are systematized for potential buyers and renters to access the property at their own convenience. You can go tour the house whenever is most comfortable for you, not on an Agents schedule.

Since it is a self-guided tour, you will always get the pleasure of having the entire property to yourself, instead of having to tour with other families or other potential home renters or buyers. Once you‘re at the home, most renters want the idea that they are free to explore the rental property without a landlord or rental agent looking over your shoulder. There is no need to feel pressed for time or to hide your honest reaction to the property should you not like it. Some people feel pressure when followed around by an agent, and conducting self-guided property tours relives all that pressure.


Are self-guided tours all that great? There are a few disadvantages when it comes to touring a property yourself. Before you are given access to view a property, there is a big chance that the leasing office will first ask you to complete an application or a quick screening check. And in case you don’t pass these checks, there’s little hope of ever stepping foot in the front door. They do these checks to make sure everyone who views the home could be a potential buyer or renter. Since there is little to no Agent interaction, it might be tougher to secure a spot if there are better looking tenants above you in line, wanting to see the property.

Another disadvantage of going on a self-guided tour is there is no Agent there to answer all the questions you will have about the property. Of course you can contact the agents any time, but there will always be questions you thought of in the moment and forgot about later. Agents serve a lot of help when it comes to buying or renting a new house. They help by answering questions about the property that we don’t have access to.

At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which type of property tour works for you. While both traditional and self-guided tours each have their pros and cons, you can still use each of them to your advantage until you find your next Gwinnett County rental home. If you’re on the search for a new place to live, contact us to see what properties we have available today.

For more information please contact us at Real Property Management of Greater Gwinnett.

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