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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Couple Taking Self-Guided Property Tour in FlorissantLooking for a Florissant rental home? Then you would know that touring rentals are a major part of finding the best fit. However, arranging showings with landlords can be a hassle, especially with our busy schedules. Given the current digital technology, we have a lot of property listings that include photos and even virtual walk-throughs. However, it still cannot give you the full feel of the property. This may be one reason why 83% of renters opt for self-guided property tours. Although self-guided rental home tours offer many perks, there are some disadvantages as well. Before deciding on a self-guided tour during your Florissant rental home search, it would be best to look into both the pros and cons first.


Renters with busy schedules usually prefer self-guided tours. A traditional tour requires that the landlord or rental agent show you around the property. In comparison, self-guided property tours are arranged so that you can look at the property on your own time. You simply request a time slot that fits your schedule, receive an access code, and then check out the property when you are ready. Once you have secured a time slot, you need not worry about other applicants showing up. For security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked. This means, there won’t be any uncomfortable encounters with people who are also interested in renting the same house.

Once they are already at the property, most renters enjoy exploring the rental home without a landlord or rental agent following you around. There’s no need to feel pressed for time or to put up polite pretenses about the property. Many renters also do not like having someone making them feel they have to decide immediately. There aren’t many people who like being rushed into big decisions like picking the place you will be calling home for the next months or years.


Of course, self-guided property tours also have some disadvantages. Usually, leasing offices will ask you to complete an application or a screening check before they give you access to a property. You will likely not set foot on the property if you won’t be able to pass these checks. You may not even know the reason for your denial unless the landlord or leasing agent lets you know.

Another potential drawback to self-guided rental house tours is that you cannot ask questions while going through the property. There might be some details or questions that you end up forgetting to ask after your tour. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and so on. A landlord or leasing agent could tell you small but important details when you view a property. With no one with you on the tour, you may not find out about these things at all.

In the end, you still have the last word on the type of property tour you want to do. 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 Florissant 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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