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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Tips for Visiting an Open House

Tips for Visiting an Open House

 

There’s a lot of information out there for sellers staging an Open House, but surprisingly few guidelines for the people who come to view them.  For some, an Open House viewing may simply be an impulse activity to satisfy their curiosity about a neighbor’s home.  However, for serious buyers, especially First Time Buyers who have limited experience in seeing different home styles and layouts, visiting Open Houses can be a very worthwhile exercise.

 

To plan an effective Open House tour, you should start with a map.  Plot out the addresses of where the Open Houses are located, and the times of showings to ensure that you make the most productive use of your time.  Better still, plan your Open House tour on www.coldwellbanker.ca, and we’ll make up the list of all Open Houses in your target area, including times and do the mapping for you!

 

If you don’t already know the neighbourhood, then that’s the first place to start.  Look at your map, and see where major transportation links are located, as well as parks, schools, shopping and amenities.  If everything you see on the map looks good, then start out with a driving tour of the neighbourhood itself, before you devote some time to viewing individual houses.

 

If you aren’t yet working with a sales representative, Open Houses can provide a great opportunity to not only look for the right house, but the right salesperson.  What better way to see them in action, and find out quickly if you communicate on the same wavelength.

 

As you tour an Open House, try to see past the furnishings, and any personal clutter, and focus on whether the space and layout works for your needs.  Don’t assume that what you see is what you get!  Many things you see at the viewing, such as window treatments, light fixtures, appliances and even that hot tub on the back deck may not be included in the list price.  Check details on the feature sheet and verify what’s included with the agent hosting the Open House.

 

When touring an Open House, be direct and ask questions.  Remember, this is no time to be diplomatic.  The real estate professional showing the home realizes that it may not be right for everyone.  By keeping your comments open and direct, you help the sales representative to better understand your needs, and offer solutions to meet them.

 

posted in General at Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:16:19 -0800



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