Attending an open house is a great opportunity to get a feel for a property in a fairly relaxed setting, without the pressure of an individual viewing.
While online resources such as photography, video and virtual tours can provide a good overview of a home, there is nothing quite like physically walking through and exploring somewhere yourself. Here are some tips to make the most of your open house experience:
Have a Plan
If you’re setting aside some time to visit an open house it’s important to have a plan. Research the property and know exactly what you want to look for. Many Realtors host open houses on weekends in Whistler, so you may even have a chance to visit multiple properties you are interested in. Plan your schedule and give yourself enough time to see everything you want to see.
Focus on the Property
There may be a lot going on at an open house. There are often drinks and snacks and there may be a lot of other interested buyers, however, it’s important to stay focused on the property. Once you’ve greeted the host move on and thoroughly explore the property, taking notes as you go.
Take Your Time
Similarly, try not to feel rushed when exploring. Buying a home is a big decision and you should take your time to go through every room. Look closely at all of the details and take note of things like storage, lighting, and any repairs or maintenance that may need to be done. If time permits it’s also recommended to view the property, leave, and then return at a later time to view it again.
An open house is an opportunity to get to know the property better. The listing agent, and potentially the property owner, will be present so be prepared to ask any questions you may have about the property. Asking questions will help to provide you with the assurances you need and help to avoid any surprises that may come up along the way.
Listen to Other Buyers
They may be the competition, but they may also know something about the property or the area that you don’t. Listen to the other guests as they react to the property and engage in polite conversation, but remember that you don’t have to divulge any of your own research.
Bring an Agent
Bringing your own real estate agent with you is highly recommended. As the seller will have their own agent present, it is beneficial to have someone on your side looking out for your needs. They will be able to guide you through the open house and will often notice things that you may have overlooked.