One of the most important parts of the home search is attending open houses. The primary purpose of the open house is to make sure the home meets your expectations and to see if you can picture yourself living in the home. One important part of attending open houses is making sure that you leave a good impression. Making a good first impression with the agent can give you an edge over the competition and can sometimes make the difference between your offer getting accepted or not. Here are some things you can do to make sure that your open house experience is positive and that you make a good impression with the selling agent.
Arrive at the appropriate time. You don’t want to show up to an open house too early or too late. Open houses are often long and exhausting days for the agent. You want to be respectful and make sure that you arrive with in the allotted time frame to show the agent that you value their time.
Let the open house agent know if you already have a realtor. It is perfectly fine to already be represented by an agent when you go into an open house, but you want to make sure the listing agent knows this right up front. One of the purposes of an open house is to help an agent attract new clients. Letting them know upfront that you are already represented will allow them to spend more time talking to the people who may need them.
Be patient and accommodating to other people touring the home. You want to give other buyers their space. Try not to disrupt anyone else’s experience by giving the people ahead of you ample time to explore each room before you enter. A good rule of thumb for open houses is to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
Ask permission before opening a closed door or cabinet. There are many open houses in which the home owner has not moved out of their home yet. If you see a closed door, it is possible that it has been closed for a reason. To respect the home owner’s privacy, be sure to ask before opening closed spaces.
Try not to say anything negative about the interior design of the home. It is likely that the agent has helped to stage the home. Insulting their work could put a bad taste in their mouth. You don’t want those kinds of words to affect how your offer is presented to the seller.
Open houses are a great tool for helping you find the home that is right for you. Knowing and applying proper open house etiquette will give you the best chance of having your offer accepted by the seller. Another thing that can really help to ensure that your offer stands above the rest is attending your open house already having received a pre-approval from your lender. If you are looking for a new home and have not been pre-approved yet, please contact one of our mortgage professionals! We would be happy to assist you in getting pre-approved today!