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The Pros and Cons of Self-Guided Property Tours

Couple Taking Self-Guided Property Tour in Westlake VillageIf you are looking for a Westlake Village rental home, you would know that touring rentals are a big part of finding the best fit. But finding a suitable schedule for showings with landlords can be such a hassle in these busy times. With our present digital technology, there are now many available listings with photos and virtual walk-throughs. These, however, are often not enough to fully appreciate the property. This could be the reason why 83% of renters choose to go on self-guided property tours instead. While there are many advantages to self-guided rental home tours, there are some drawbacks as well. Before you decide on a self-guided tour during your Westlake Village rental home search, you have to take both the pros and cons into consideration.


Most renters prefer self-guided tours because of the flexibility they offer people who have very busy schedules. Compared to a traditional tour, where the landlord or rental agent has to be at the property, self-guided property tours are designed so you can check out the property at a convenient time. You only have to request a suitable time slot, receive an access code, then you can visit the property any time you are ready. What’s even better is that you don’t have to worry about other applicants showing up once you have a time slot. For security reasons, self-guided tours are never double-booked. This means you will not have awkward encounters with people who you might be competing with for the same rental house.

You, like most renters, might enjoy freely exploring the rental home and property without a landlord or rental agent hanging around. There wouldn’t be any need to feel pressed for time or to hide your honest opinion of the property. Some renters also do not like being made to feel they need to decide on the spot. A lot of people dislike being rushed into making quick decisions about where you will be living for the coming years.


Of course, self-guided property tours also come with a few disadvantages. Before giving you access to a property, the leasing office will usually ask you to fill out an application or pass a screening check. You need to pass these checks or else there is no chance for you to check out the rental home. You might not even get to be told why you were denied unless the landlord or leasing agent wants to.

Another potential drawback to self-guided rental house tours is that you cannot ask questions while going through the property. You might forget some questions when you email the agent or landlord later. You may also miss out on learning a lot of helpful information about the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and so on. There are details that a landlord or leasing agent can tell you when you visit a property. These details may be vital in your decision to rent the place or not.

At the end of the day, you still decide which kind of property tour fits your needs and availability. 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 Westlake Village 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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