Open houses can be a stressful process for both buyers and sellers. But, as a buyer, if you’re going to take time out of your day to visit a home, it’s in your best interest to make it worth your while. If it’s your first time make an open-house circuit, check out our tips to make it as successful as possible.
- Make the most of your time. If you’re already committing to visiting one open house on a weekend, why not make an afternoon out of it? Look for open houses in the same neighborhood and hit them all up on the same day. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to thoroughly check out each home.
- Take notes. Especially if you’re planning to see more than one house, it’s important to take notes during your walk through, so you don’t forget any important details. Whether you carry around a notebook, or jot down notes on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be grateful for them later when you can’t remember which house had the great walk-in closet.
- Be polite! The old adage is true: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you hate the home, wait until you leave to discuss it. You never know who might be listening!
- Look, but don’t touch. You can definitely look through cupboards and closets—it’s important to get a good idea of how much space there is. But, don’t rummage. No one wants their personal belongings touched, regardless of your intentions.
- Ask smart questions. It’s okay to ask probing questions—like why the sellers are leaving and if there are any offers—but remember to be polite and respectful. It also can’t hurt to ask the agent about the neighborhood and nearby schools.