So you've saddled up a Realtor® and have narrowed down a selection of properties that you'd like to take a look at. Depending on whether you are doing a full day of viewings or just one property, trim the list as needed but consider what might be useful to you.
Tape Measure & Dimensions of Special Furniture
Many times when I am out with clients viewing properties, the most common questions seem to center around what furniture will fit where. If you have specific pieces of furniture, i.e. Grandma's Heirloom Hutch, you'll want to pre-measure these pieces and have the dimensions with you. Once in the property, you can use your tape measure to check for sure whether a certain space can accommodate your important pieces.
Bottle of Water & Snacks
This seems basic, but you would be surprised how often people head out for a day of viewings with nothing but themselves. When Realtors schedule multiple viewings in a day, they are limited to each property for a specific period of time. If you stop in between properties to grab snacks and water etc.. you might, in turn, cause yourself to miss out on the window of time your Realtor booked a certain property for. It's easy enough, just toss a granola bar and/or banana in your car with a water bottle just in case.
Camera (or smartphone w/camera)
If you like a property and either see something you really like or something you may want to change, you'll want to snap a couple of pictures to have a visual when you get home. In a lot of cases, buyers normally will only view a property once or twice before the actual move-in date. If you are the type that likes to plan things, plan ahead to make sure you bring a camera.
Notebook & Pen
Simple enough, just a notebook to jot down thoughts on the properties viewed. It's not uncommon for buyers to feel torn between two properties. If you take quick notes of things you like and things you don't like when viewing a property, you can look back on these to make a pros and cons list if needed.
Full Tank of Gas
In the golden years of real estate, buyers used to chauffered around by their Realtor from property to property. Nowadays, buyers tend to prefer to drive to the properties themselves. In the event that you have a full day of viewings scheduled, make sure you fill up your tank before heading out for the day as stopping in the middle of the viewing schedule can put you behind on your booked viewing times.
The ever prudent buyer may enjoy bringing a pair of binoculars on viewings if they are looking at properties older than 5 - 10 years. A pair of binoculars is a great way to view the general condition of the roof, flashings and exterior details that are too high up to inspect.