Open houses are a great way to get a feel for what you’re looking for in your own home buying process. However, attending your first open house can be a daunting task, so it’s important to learn all there is to know about the process.
Here are five tips for attending your first open house, according to our open house expert Raven Knowles:
1. Keep your eyes peeled for open houses.
Search websites like Zillow and Realtor.com, watch for signs in your area or the area you’re interested in, and when in doubt, ask your realtor!
2. Remember to be respectful of the current homeowners of the open house.
As a guest, it’s important to remember that the house is still someone’s home. Follow the house rules, leave your pets at home, and write your likes and dislikes down so you aren’t openly critical about the owner’s home or style.
3. Ask the agent.
While you’re attending the open house, ask the basic questions about the price, square footage, and yard size. Be sure to also ask why the seller is selling. This may give you a better idea of characteristics about the house that you can’t see.
4. Pay attention to maintenance.
Take in the small details regarding how well the home is maintained. Showing pride in the way the home is presented says a lot about a seller and can determine how the collaborative process might go.
5. Stay optimistic.
Not every open house is going to lead to a purchase, and that’s okay. If you’re just starting out in your home buying process, open houses can help you determine what you might be looking for.
We hope this list of tips helps you feel more comfortable about attending your first open house. If you need any help or have any questions, our team of realtors are here to help. Happy house hunting!