Updated: Mar 14, 2019
Weekend Open Houses are your opportunity to explore potential homes in your price range. They help to determine what you want in your next home, what you dislike, and what your budget can get you in today’s real estate market.
Whether you’re looking at purchasing an investment property or your forever home, there are a few things that you should have ready for your big day touring Open Houses.
Have a game plan
Before you head out the door, take a look at the areas you’re looking to tour and line up the order of houses that are hosting Open Houses. Better yet, chat with your agent about which neighborhoods, streets, and property types should be part of your Open house tour. (If you don’t have an agent, contact us today - we’d love to work with you!) This will save you time in order to see each home before the open houses end and give you an idea of the directions you’ll need to get there.
Some rooms appear larger without furniture in them, so keep that in mind as you look at vacant properties. You want to be sure that your furniture will fit in the living room and bedrooms before you sign on the dotted lines. Take a second to go around each room to make sure that couch you just put on order will fit in the sitting area and the layout is of your liking.
Older properties might have features not up to today’s building codes and standards, such as narrower door frames, lower ceilings, and awkward entranceways and staircases. Keep a tape measure handy, and don’t be afraid to use it during the Open House to check any dimensions.
Pen and Paper
You’ll most likely see a handful of properties as you tour around homes on a Sunday afternoon. This can get confusing once you sit down afterward to discuss the pros and cons of each home. Take notes as you tour the properties with your likes and dislikes. This will help keep things clear in your mind when you’re making your choices of which to keep and which to mark off the list.
Folder to keep Listing Information sheets
At most open houses, the agent will provide potential buyers with a listing information sheet from the MLS. You’ll most likely gather quite a few as you go home to home, so keep a folder on hand to stay organized. After you leave each Open House, jot down a few notes on the back of each listing sheet once you’re back in the car.
Questions for the Listing Agent
Feel free to ask the listing agent questions about the home. Are they a motivated seller? What conveys with this home? What is the age of the roof? How is the neighborhood? What are the average utility costs? Has the seller provided the property disclosure for the buyers to see? These are all common and important questions for you to ask if you’re interested in the property before you decide on an offer price.
Agents will not be able to answer questions about crime statistics, race and demographics, and anything else that might be steering or discriminatory, but with some investigation and research on your own, you should be able to find the answers to these questions online through other sources.
Whether you’re buying, selling, or investing, we can help you find the exact property that you’re seeking. We would love to take you on Open House tours - just contact us today at NextHome Titletown - 617.657.9811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.