Whether you are just starting to think about moving in the near future or you are working on a time crunch to move as soon as possible, attending open houses is always a good idea. First, going to open houses will give you a better idea of what homes are like in the area and what is available. It will also allow you to easily see what you can and cannot afford with your budget. Additionally, open houses equip you with the experience to better understand what you should be looking at in a home. For example, paint colors are not a big deal, but water spots in the ceiling do deserve your attention, regardless of how nice the house may appear.
Maybe you only plan on attending one open house, and maybe you end up checking out numerous open houses during your house hunt. While looking at different houses for sale can be fun, it is imperative that you mind your manners throughout the process. Just remember, this is still someone else’s house at the moment, and a lot of money is at stake. To help make it a positive experience for everyone, following are a few home buyer etiquette tips to keep in mind at an open house.
Remove Shoes if Requested
At many open houses, the sellers will request that all attendees remove their shoes before walking through the house. While this may seem like a slight inconvenience at first, the courteous thing to do is to simply remove your shoes. This is especially important if it is raining or snowing outside, so that water and mud are not tracked throughout the house. Sometimes, the selling agent will even have shoe covers for attendees to use. But to make it easy on yourself, go ahead and wear some shoes that you can easily slip off and on.
Refrain from Bringing Pets and Children
When possible, you should also try to avoid bringing pets and children to open houses. Pets can be a distraction, and they can also bringing dirt into the house. Plus, you never know if someone living there has an allergy. It is also ideal to attend open houses without your children. Kids get excited and want to touch things, so you just want to be as respectful as possible to the sellers and their belongings. If you do have to bring your children (which plenty of people do), keep them with you at all times.
Ask Any Questions You May Have
The ultimate goal of an open house is for you to see and learn about a house. The selling agent is there to answer all of your questions, so go ahead and take advantage of this opportunity to get the information you need.