You’ve got a measuring tape, your phone is fully charged and you’re armed with a whole checklist of questions. You’re ready for a day’s worth of home tours, as you search for The One in this frenzied, “it was listed five hours ago but already has nine offers” market.
Well, you’re almost ready. Turns out, there’s one unexpected item to grab on your way out the door—and having it on hand could save you serious headaches down the road: a tennis ball.
Yes, that’s right. A tennis ball. Or bouncy ball. Or hell, if you’re feeling spunky, even a basketball. The ball itself doesn’t really matter; it’s what you do with it, which we’re calling The Tennis Ball Test.
Once you find a home you love, grab the ball and place it on the floor. “If it rolls to one side of the room, that’s a problem,” explains Christian Fuentes, broker and owner of RE/MAX Top Producers in Diamond Bar, CA.