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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Schenectady Tenants Touring a Potential Rental HomeIf you are in the market for a new rental home, you know that touring the units is a big part of finding that perfect fit. But trying to arrange showings with Schenectady property managers can be a frustrating experience, especially in our busy lives. Advances in digital technology have brought us listings with lots of photos and even virtual walk-throughs, but these tools sometimes aren’t enough to get a full sense of the property. This could explain why 83% of renters prefer self-guided property tours over all other options. There are certainly numerous advantages to self-guided rental home tours, but there are a couple of drawbacks as well. Examining the benefits and drawbacks before selecting a self-guided tour during your Schenectady rental home search is critical.


Self-guided tours are preferable for many renters because of the benefits they offer people with tight schedules. As opposed to a traditional tour, where you must schedule to meet a landlord or rental agent at the property, self-guided property tours are set up so you can access the property at your convenience. You request a convenient time slot, get an access code, and then head to the property when you’re ready. After you get 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, so you won’t have any awkward encounters with people against whom you might end up competing for the same rental house.

Once you arrive at the property, several renters prefer that you are free to explore the rental home without a landlord or rental agent looking over your shoulder. It is not necessary to feel pressed for time or to hide your honest reaction to the property if you are not satisfied with it. Furthermore, some renters prefer not to have someone there trying to ask revealing questions or pushing them to decide then and there. Some individuals don’t want to be rushed into decisions, especially not ones as big as where they will be living for the next few months or years.


As you can see, there are a couple of disadvantages to self-guided property tours as well. Before granting you access to a property, the odds are that the leasing office will initially ask you to complete an application or a quick screening check. If you don’t pass these checks for whatever reason, there’s little hope of ever getting in the front door. You may not even know why you are denied unless the landlord or leasing agent is prepared 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. Even though you can certainly text or email someone about it eventually, you may have questions during the tour that you will forget to ask later. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, etc. These are the facts that a professional Schenectady landlord or leasing agent should be able to inform you when you visit a property. If you’re alone, you may not know about these things until much later in your search process.

Finally, it is up to you to decide which type of property tour works for you. Even though both traditional and self-guided tours have pros and cons, you can still take advantage of them till you select your next rental home. If you’re searching for a new place to live, Real Property Management Teague offers flexible touring options for amazing homes near you. You can view our listings online.

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