Open house etiquette for buyers
System - Friday, May 10, 2013
The purpose of prospective buyers viewing a home is to learn as much as possible about the property. Focus on the residence itself, not the current owner's furniture, decor, or items that do not pertain to the sale of the property. Follow these simple tips when walking through a home.
- Be prepared to leave your shoes at the door. This is a frequent request of homeowners, especially when carpet and inclement weather is involved. Dress accordingly and acquiesce to any requests.
- At an open house there may be a sign-in sheet. Sign in and let the Sales Professional know if you are already working with an agent.
- Ask before taking any pictures or video, remember, this is someone's home and they are entitled to privacy.
- Feel free to walk through a home, but please refrain from touching or moving any personal property.
- Inspect linen closets, walkin closets, laundry rooms and builtin cabinetry, but don't snoop. Measure cabinets, check for squeaky hinges, but avoid prying through personal effects.
- Don't speak negatively about the property. Keep in mind that neighbors, friends, and even the homeowner may be present at an open house.
- If you bring children, do not leave them unattended. Supervision ensures their safety and prevents any unintended damage to the property.
- Ask permission from the agent for use of the restroom.
- All questions should focus on the property, not the homeowners. Don't get distracted by family pictures or diplomas, remember the purpose of your visit is to learn more about the property itself.