Attending an open house is the exciting first step most prospective homeowners take in their journey to find their dream home. It can be filled with many fun first experiences like talking with a Realtor or formulating ideas of what you want in your home, however, it can also be a little overwhelming. The key to locating the perfect home is attending as many open houses as you can and taking in all the information you can about purchasing a home. You must have a good strategy for attending each open house.
Below, you will find some tips to help you navigate open houses in your area with ease and tranquility.
Focus on Your Goals
If you’re taking a couple of hours to check out open houses, you should know with certainty that you are visiting homes that you desire to buy. Make a list of homes in the area so that you can schedule open houses all in one day to make it the most effective experience possible. Visit the homes that are in your price range so that you can easily keep your home search in perspective.
Observe the Visitors
This is an often-overlooked open house tip. Not only does it matter what you think of the house, but it matters what others think too. By observing other visitors, you can learn a lot about the property. If people are walking in and out of the home quickly and not asking the agent any questions, that is not a good sign. If the price isn’t realistic, visitors will not take the time to delve into the minute details of the home. If you like the home, be sure that you take some time to sit down, relax and observe!
Know the Facts
Before you visit the open house of a home you are interested in, be sure to know the asking price and how long the home has been active on the market. If it has been on the market for a while, chances are your offer would be accepted if it is under listing price. Keying in to these factors can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run.
Notice the Details
Be sure to note what you liked about the property you are seeing and what you would prefer not to see again in another home. Details are everything when buying a home so know what you want and definitely don’t want in a home.