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Checklist for House & Garden Tours
The in-person experience, of course, remains unique — and provides the most fun. Often, tour providers supply floor plans, brochures, or renovation information that one can save for future reference, and depending on the tour rules, you might take snapshots with a regular or cellphone camera. While on the premises, there’s nothing to stop you from taking notes when going through a checklist of key areas, focusing on the areas that need to be addressed in your own home, on your budget:
Renovations & Remodelings
- What types of materials were used, either to achieve historical accuracy or to modernize the property?
- Were there changes in the use of space, such as an expanded kitchen or new storage areas?
- How were major systems updated, such as electricity, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning?
- What eco-friendly changes have been made?
- Do you notice special considerations for children or pets?
Floors & Walls
- How were the floors finished? What type of stain? Wide or narrow boards?
- Is there a rug design that you like (perhaps you can find a similar one that fits your budget)?
- Would the home’s color scheme work in your house or apartment?
- Is there an interesting use or choice of wallpaper and window treatments?
- How were special situations handled, such as interior brickwork?
- Do smoke detectors and other safety devices blend in with the home’s look?
- What styles of artwork work best in particular homes?
- Do you like the period fixtures or would you prefer more modern lights?
- How have the windows and/or skylights been designed or updated?
Kitchens & Baths
- What type of look do you prefer? Are there accessories (e.g., mirrors, clocks) that would work well in your own space?
- What types of appliances are being used?
- What interesting finishes are in the home, such as cabinet knobs or granite countertops?
- Does the tour home have some unique furniture pieces that would work for you?
- Are there arrangements or combinations that you never considered?
- Have TVs, stereos, and other electronic devices been integrated into the space?
- Do you like the fireplace masonry and hardware?
- Do you see any interesting ideas for plants, flowers, or garden arrangements?
- Can you tell what type of outside lighting is being used?
- Are there intriguing deck or patio ideas, such as layout, lighting, furniture, or grilling/cooking setups?
- Do walkways and driveways have design elements (e.g., brick borders) that would work at your home?
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