Open House Etiquette
Let’s talk about open houses. We love hosting them, but sometimes we see buyers that just don't know what to do to get the most out of their showings. Or they feel awkward because they don't know some of the common etiquettes of touring someone else's home.
So here’s how you can put your best foot forward at your next open house visit!
1. Open houses are for you to go and attend without having to schedule an appointment. Just show up and view at your own pace.
2. Gauge the competition. Take note of how many other buyers are there. If it's busy, you may have some competition.
3. Redefine your non-negotiables. Seeing homes in person may give you a better sense of what your real needs and wants are in a home.
And make sure to follow these etiquette rules:
- Focus on listings that fit your criteria for budget and location.
- Walk in, unless a sign is posted that tells you to knock or ring the bell
- Ask if you can take photos or a video
- Take notes on your phone
- Bring anything messy. Yes, this includes food, drink, pets, and children.
- Use the bathroom—they're not public!!!
- Touch things. You wouldn’t want someone touching your stuff while you’re away, right?
- Criticize the owner’s style. You never know who is listening, so take photos and save it for the car
And remember, if you like this house, you can always schedule another showing with your agent where you get to investigate in depth.
Don’t forget these tips for your next open house!
Island Homes Group
David Silletta *PREC | Agustin Torres *PREC
☎️ David: 250.888.6924 | Agustin: 250.886.8520