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How to Get the Most Out of Your Open House Visit

Posted on September 9th, 2010 by

The day has come and you’re ready to change scenery. Your old residence isn’t doing it for you anymore and you’ve decided that it’s time to get on the prowl and begin house hunting. If you’re in fact looking to purchase a new home and want to do it without a real estate agent, or at least want to look at a few options before contacting one, here a few tips on how to prepare yourself. Surprisingly enough, there’s a lot more to open houses than meets the eye, so it’s good to be completely organized.

Before leaving your home, make sure that you put on comfortable shoes that you can slip on and off with ease (especially the ladies). Why? Although it seems rather strange, remember that many open houses require guests to remove their shoes. With that in mind, you don’t want to have to constantly untie your laces or take off boots. Not every home will ask you to do this; in fact, some will provide booties to place over your shoes, but in the instance that they do ask you to remove your shoes; you will want to avoid the inconvenience.

Once you’ve perused your shoe collection and have made the appropriate selection, you will want to equip yourself with a trusty map. See, with the assistance of a map, you can pre-plan your routes and visits. This will help eliminate excessive driving through unfamiliar neighborhoods, which can lead to unnecessary mileage and use of precious fuel. It will also ensure the effectiveness of your day by getting the most out of the valuable minutes you have to see each home. Knowing the roads and streets may also be helpful during the process of moving into your new home, being that you’ll already be familiar with the area.

Finally, you have to make sure that you bring along your up-to-date camera, which can include the one on your cell phone if it’s high-quality. While most agents and owners don’t mind that you take pictures, verify with them first, because everyone is different after all. If they agree, take pictures of the outside of the home, including the front, sides, and backyard. Once you’ve finished that, make your way to the inside, where you should take pictures of all the specific details you enjoy and dislike. The biggest reason for having these pictures is that you’re going to be visiting several homes before signing contracts and calling moving companies; therefore, the pictures will allow you to remember each particular home.

Tags: moving, new home, open house

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One Response to “How to Get the Most Out of Your Open House Visit”

  1. Barrett Bonepart

    Great Information, thanks for this great Post. I will come back soon. Also great place for home owners: sell your house quickly

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