5 Do’s and Don’ts of Attending an Open for Inspection

Do’s 

Ask questions

Agents are there to sell the property and are probably the most knowledgeable people about the property there on the day. Ask questions such as:

  • Has the property been renovated
  • Why are the owners selling 
  • Have you received any offers on the property
  • How long has the property been on the market 

Check if anything is broken

Check for squeaky cupboards. Check the pressure of some of the taps. You are allowed to check to see if something is wrong with the property you intent to purchase.

Related: 4 Things to Look for When Determining the Condition of a Home

Take photos or videos, with permission 

Although there is media provided on most online listings, buyers may take specific photos of what they want to maybe show relatives or builders, given they have the permission of the selling agent.

Make yourself at home, within reason 

When at an open house feel free to sit on the couch or at the kitchen counter to get a feel for how it may be if you were to move in. As long as you avoid destroying any of the property styling such as jumping on the beds you should relax and take in what the home has to offer.

Wear what you’re comfortable in 

Don’t dwell to much on what you should wear to a open house. Wear comfortable clothing to simulate the conditions you would be in if you lived at the property.

Don’ts 

Don’t loudly criticise the property 

Its normal to find slight shortcomings at a property, however you should avoid loudly expressing your findings. Instead if something is found that is not up to your standard you should contact the agent in private after the open house and discuss your findings.

Don’t bring drinks 

If a drink such as a coffee were to be spilled at the open house it would look bad to other potential buyers and would be a large inconvenience for the agent to get it cleaned up.

Don’t enter the house with dirty footwear or bare foot 

Due to most open houses being on weekends parent may bring their kids from other sporting commitments, ensure that they are not entering the house with muddy shoes. Although a beach side property may be open for inspection it is not appropriate to enter bare foot just because it’s close to a beach.

Don’t snoop 

There is a difference between taking a quick look at the interior dimensions of a cupboard and going through people’s belongings. You’re there to gauge the house not the personalities of the people currently living in it.

Don’t be rude 

The agents are doing their job while trying to keep track of everything that’s going on. Have some understanding when communicating with agents.

Posted in Blogs on 29th March, 2021