Columbus and Madison, IN, Real Estate Blog

5 Questions to ask your Realtor during a Home Tour

Questions from's blogger Chad Pluid

For buyers to make the best decisions about the home they could be potentially purchasing, you will need your Realtor's honest opinions during a property tour - that's why we're here. Below are 5 questions to get the conversation started:

1. What do you like about the home?

Real estate agents see many homes every day. Ask your agent about the unique qualities that stand out to them, but make sure the home is functional to suit your needs.

2. Do you have any concerns?

Please ask this question - especially before you fall head over heels with a property. Buyers need to know potential flaws of a property. High utility bills? Lack of storage? Etc...

3. Is the price right?

We get this question all the time, of course! Your agent should compare the sale price of similar homes that have recently sold in the area with the property you are interested in.

4. How long has it been on the market?

Don't expect a 'deal' from the sellers if it is a new listing. If the home has been on the market for a while, they may be more willing to negotiate. Many...

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Radon 101

EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.


Moving Checklist

from Mibor's blog, My 4 Walls:

Ask any seasoned REALTOR® and they will tell you when it comes to moving, they have seen it all! The expertly executed most organized seamless transition to…the opposite. After years of working with their clients during their moves, here is some advice from central Indiana’s REALTORS®.

  • As soon as you are sure you are moving, obtain an in-home estimate of moving services from several moving companies. Get written estimates and read the ‘rights and responsibilities’ documents they provide. Compare the estimates to truck rental and honestly assess how much help you will help from friends and family. This will help you decide if you want a professional mover or the DIY approach.
  • Make a master list and create a location in your house called “packing central”. Always put your list back in that location as well as all packing supplies, contracts, receipts, etc.
  • Six weeks before – or as soon as possible if you have less than six weeks – complete the change of address form with the United States Post Office. Change your address everywhere else you can think: banks, insurance providers, credit cards, children’s schools, magazine subscriptions.
  • Before packing a single item, donate, sell, recycle or toss anything you don’t need. Keep all donation receipts.
  • Packing. Ugh, the packing! If possible, pack computers and other electronics in their original containers. For fragile items, like glassware and dishes, pad the bottom of boxes with a bubble wrap or other packing materials. Mark the outside of all boxes with a short description of the contents...