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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Couple Taking Self-Guided Property Tour in DecaturIf you are looking for a new Decatur rental home, you’d know that touring rentals are a big part of it. However, it can be frustrating to schedule showings with landlords. Because of digital technology, we now have listings with photos and virtual walk-throughs, but most of the time, these still don’t give you a full sense of the property. This could be why 83% of renters say that they would rather go on self-guided property tours instead. Even when self-guided rental home tours offer many benefits, there are also some drawbacks. You must consider the pros and cons before deciding on a self-guided tour during your Decatur rental home search.


Self-guided tours are suitable for renters who usually have busy schedules. A traditional tour requires the landlord or rental agent to meet with you at the property. In contrast, self-guided property tours are set up in a way that you get access to the property at your convenience. You simply request a time slot that fits your schedule, receive an access code, and visit the property when you are ready. As soon as you have a time slot, you do not need to worry about other applicants showing up at the same time. Due to security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked, which means you wouldn’t have to worry about seeing the house together with people who might end up wanting the same rental house.

Once at the property, a lot of renters prefer to look around the rental home without a landlord or rental agent following them around. You do not have to feel pressed for time or feel the need to hide your honest reaction about the property. Besides, most renters enjoy not having to answer personal questions or being pressured into deciding immediately. A lot of people prefer not being pressured into deciding where to live for the next months or years.


Of course, self-guided property tours come with a few disadvantages, too. Leasing offices usually put you through a screening check or let you complete an application before allowing you access to a property. Without passing these checks, there is a slim to no chance of you setting foot on the property. Add to that the fact that the landlord or leasing agent may not even tell you why you were denied.

Another potential drawback to self-guided rental house tours is that you cannot ask questions while going through the property. You might not be able to remember and email all the questions you had during your tour. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and so on. When you view a property, a landlord or leasing agent would be able to tell you these important details. You may never find out about this information during your search process.

In the end, you still have the final say as to which property tour arrangement suits you. 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 Decatur 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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