Ahhh-Spring!! Yes, it’s Spring Time in Real Estate and the market is starting to bloom. You are going to see more activity, more homes on the market and of course more open houses.
As a potential buyer and Open House visitor, how do you best prepare for your Open House Tour visits?
When you enter a home, especially when the weather is wet, and shoes and boots can be muddy, snowy or salty, be sure to be prepared to remove footwear or to use shoe covers.
The agent host will most likely ask you to sign in. Please do be accommodating. We are in homes alone greeting people we don’t know and we want to feel safe when you stop by. If you are already working with an agent, you can sign your name and your agents name.
We love when neighbors come to visit! After all, if you love where you live, you will share the information about the home with friends and family.
When you come as a group, please stay together-again, safety is our #1 concern.
We also love to see kiddos come along. It’s especially fun when they start picking out their rooms! And it’s enticing to them when they see other little ones toys there. But we do discourage allowing them to play with the toys-after all, you would feel terrible if something we to get broken.
We sometimes serve refreshments at an open house, with our sellers permission. We just ask they stay in the kitchen area.
Please feel free to open closets and cupboards in the bedrooms and kitchen; you do want to see the space. If the home is occupied, we do discourage, however, handling the sellers personal items or opening the medicine cabinets in the bathrooms.
And even though there truly are emergencies, especially with little ones in tow, please try to be respectful about using the facilities. If a mess is made, please be sure to clean up.
Even though these have been designated as Open House Etiquette Tips, many of these can also be applied when you are looking at homes with your agent as well.