Blog Stories 5 Tips for Home Touring

5 Tips for Home Touring

By Dill Ward, April 5, 2021

  1. Prepare your Feet

    Most homes are somebody’s home and as you enter you might see a mound of shoe-coverings, this is the time to ask if you’ve prepared your feet. When coming and going from home to home, you’re going to be confronted with a number of terrains: carpeted, concrete garages, wood decks, construction sites, highly-trafficked floors, unkempt kitchens, etc. For the safety of your feet, and the speediness of your home-touring experience, wear shoes that won’t tear holes in the fabric coverings or that are quick to remove and put on.

  2. Feed Your Body!

    You may have seen a lot of homes on a map search and thought that you’d be able to get through a dozen in one day. Unfortunately, the reality is that home touring requires traveling between rooms and homes, and deep contemplation on multiple variables of benefit or deficit, while going up and down and up and down stairs or hills. Eat food before you tour, drink water between houses, and pack snacks if you are looking at more than two houses. Last thing that you need is a sluggish body while weighing your preferences between a tandem garage and a detached garage or pondering the potential of any home in need of improvement.

  3. Somebody is Listening

    Current smart devices are equipped with many perks for home safety, homeowners may be parked on the street if you’re the only/last appointment, and occasionally owners are unable to leave the house for health reasons. Presuming that your comments are heard by the owner can save embarrassment if you aren’t overheard complaining about their furnishings, their sense/lack of style, or your private finances and offer plans. I suggest making comments when a thought crosses your mind to bookmark when you had a thought that you’d rather not share with a seller, such as “I just had a thought, remind me to tell you later”.

  4. Prepare Your Mind

    Time wasted looking at properties that would never work is time that you can’t get back. Prepare your mind for being decisive, contemplate words for ending a tour when you realize you’re just looking at the next room purely out of curiosity. You might enjoy looking at curiosities, we all do, but keeping your mind sharp means limiting time spent exploring a home you’ve already made a decision about. Sometimes, seeing one more room helps, but being frugal about the time allotted to curiosity can give more time to deliberate on a home that meets your needs.

  5. CoVid or Not

    Do not touch things in other people’s homes. Current restrictions help protect most vulnerable groups and the unvaccinated from many diseases, so wear your masks, sanitize your hands, and keep your touring posse minimal. Last thing that any0ne wants to experience is hospital observation after the inspection period. Opening up your personal residence might not be a choice for many homeowners/tenants, and respecting what little privacy remains is a fairly minimal request, and we can accommodate by not opening cabinets or thumbing through curious collections.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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