Looking for a home is a pretty exciting time. One of the things that you should do is to keep an eye out for Open House.
What is an Open House?
This is when sellers open up their home or property for potential buyers. Strangers can come in, inspect the property, and leave—even make an offer or two if they really liked the property. There is nothing that is as awkward as leaving an open house viewing on a sour note.
When you are interested in purchasing the property, it is important that you leave a good impression on the sellers. After all, they can turn you down when they feel like it. So here are a few tips on how you can always leave an open house on a good note:
You would be surprised at how far basic courtesy would be able to bring you. Greet the sellers and keep a polite tone of voice. When you use a business-like tone, you can come off as someone that may have the tendency to be argumentative in the future.
Sellers of private residences are often very much attached to their property and will want to see it go to “good people”.
Ask Which Areas Are For Inspection
In some cases, the family or sellers may still reside in the home. So it would be improper for you to just assume that the whole area is open for inspection (even if it is). It wouldn’t kill you to spend a few second to confirm with the sellers if the whole place can be actually inspected.
When you get the okay, do make sure to check every nook and cranny. Open up cabinets and closets. You never know what gem you have on your hands there.
Say Goodbye Properly
One of the biggest no-no’s when it comes to open house visits is to simply up and leave. That can be quite rude, as you can imagine. Take a few moments to simply say goodbye and leave your contact information (if you want to stay in touch).
It is actually quite easy to leave a good impression. Don’t be nervous or make any assumptions and you will be fine!