Whether you are a window shopper or a serious potential buyer, open houses present the perfect opportunity to browse the inside of a home that may one day be yours. Moreover, it is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse at the neighborhood and neighbors who may someday make up the community around you. Finally, they are the perfect chance to gain valuable information on the very practical aspects of purchasing a particular home. So, how do you get the most out of this opportunity? Here is some information about open houses and the etiquette involved in attending one.
What is an Open House?
An open house is an event where potential buyers can tour a home that is on the market. The benefits of these occasions are several: First, potential home buyers don’t have to make a schedule to attend an open house. Second, it gives home shoppers an opportunity to “scout out” the competition. Finally, it gives potential home owners valuable data on a home that appeals to them.
How to Find Open Houses
As already stated earlier, open homes do not have to be scheduled. This makes them very convenient but sometimes tricky to find. However, there are four ways to know when a house is available for viewing:
• Ask your agent
• Use listing websites
• Use social media
• Simply drive around a neighborhood until you find one that appeals to you.
How to Attend an Open House
Once you’ve found a house that appeals to you, here’s what you should do once you decide to look further into what may be your new home one day.
• Kindly wipe your feet before walking in: Remember that you are entering into someone else’s home.
• Register your name when you walk in: This is necessary for the realtor so that he/she can have your contact information and for security purposes.
• Ask questions: Now is the time to speak up so that there are no misunderstandings should you decide to make an offer. Ask probing questions such as – When does the seller want to move? Are there any issues? Have there been any renovations or recent repairs made to the home? What are the HOA restrictions? What are the average utility costs?
• Get in and out efficiently: Be mindful of others who may be there. Open houses are not an invitation to loiter or wander about aimlessly. Also, watch your children if you have them with you.
• Take notes and record a video if you are permitted to do so: You may need to do this if you attend several open houses in a short span of time. This can also be ideal if you are traveling from out of town to help jog your memory later.
My final piece of advice is to try to have fun. Researching houses does not have to be as stressful as some people make it out to be. This is particularly true if you engage the right agent to help you. You can view many Moorpark homes for sale by my team, Tina Hare and Associates, one of the best Moorpark realtors and the number one Century 21 Agent Nationwide for Small Teams!