Attending an open house can be a great way to tour an available property, decide what you like and scope out the local competition. Who knows? It might even lead you to a great buyer’s agent.
Because of this, it’s essential you make a good impression on these outings. Want to be prepared for the open houses you visit? Follow these five etiquette rules:
- Don’t show up early or late. Open houses can mean long and tiring days for real estate agents. Respect the established open house hours. If they don’t work with your schedule, contact the listing agent to set up a private tour at a later time.
- Let the hosting agent know if you’re already represented. Already have an agent on your side? That’s okay — but make sure you’re upfront about it. Many agents use open houses as a way to get new client leads, so let them use their valuable time to speak with customers who need them.
- Give other buyers space. Don’t be surprised if other buyers show up while you’re on the property. Give them room to explore the home and respect their space. No one wants someone rushing them out of every room.
- Ask permission before opening a closed door or drawer. Maybe you want to check out the closet space, but you have to respect the homeowner’s privacy. Those areas are likely closed off for a reason.
- Avoid bad-mouthing any design or decor items. You might offend the agent if they staged the home. And the homeowners might find out too. Your words may come back to haunt you if you decide to make an offer.
An open house could be how you find your next home.