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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Couple Taking Self-Guided Property Tour in Warner RobinsIf you’re hunting for a new Warner Robins rental home, you know touring rentals are a significant portion of finding that perfect fit. Yet, aiming to arrange showings with landlords can be a frustrating experience, especially in our busy lives. Advances in digital technology have offered us listings with many photos and even virtual walk-throughs, but even these tools are sometimes not enough to get a full sense of the property. Probably that is why 83% of renters indicate that they prefer self-guided property tours over all other options. Indeed, there are many advantages to self-guided rental home tours, but there are also some drawbacks. It is vital to consider both the pros and cons before choosing a self-guided tour during your Warner Robins rental home search.


Self-guided tours are preferable for many renters because of the benefits they offer people with busy schedules. Unlike a traditional tour, where you will have to arrange to meet a landlord or rental agent at the property, self-guided property tours are systematized for you to access the property at your convenience. You request a convenient time slot, take an access code, and later on, go to the property when you’re ready. Once you get a time slot, another advantage is that you don’t have to think about other applicants showing up while you’re there. Due to security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked, meaning that you won’t have uncomfortable encounters with people against whom you might end up competing for the same rental house.

Once you‘re at the property, most renters want the idea that they are free to explore the rental home 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. Additionally, many renters prefer not having someone there trying to ask revealing questions or make them feel like they are required to decide on the spot. Some people don’t like to be rushed into decisions, especially not ones as big as where you will be living for the next few months or years.


For sure, self-guided property tours provide a few disadvantages too. Before you are given access to 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. You do not even know why you are denied unless the landlord or leasing agent wants 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 text or email someone about it anytime, you may have questions during the tour that you forget to ask later. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and so on. These are important details that a professional landlord or leasing agent can tell you when you view a property. If no one is there with you, you may not know about these things until much later in your search process, if at all.

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 them to your advantage until you find your next Warner Robins 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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