Open House Etiquette

Attending an Open House is such a fun part of the buying experience. We've all seen homes and wondered what they look like on the inside. This is your chance to do just that! Open House's are the absolute best way to find out if a home is for you. Virtual tours and pictures can give you an introduction to the home, but there's nothing quite like walking the halls and experiencing it firsthand. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to get a feel for the neighbourhood. 

At an Open House you are in the power seat. After all, the seller wants to woo you so that you submit a good offer! However, you still need to be respectful of the space and the fact that you are entering a stranger's home. There is a certain set of etiquette one should follow during an open house. Although some of these may seem obvious, here are some friendly reminders of Open House etiquette: 

  1. Follow any guidelines set out by the listing real estate agent and follow available signage. Some homeowners will ask you to remove your shoes, wear a mask, not play with certain home gadgets, etc.. Your real estate agent can help you navigate this.
  2. Be careful what you say and do. Some homeowners have security cameras both outside and inside their homes, some that capture sound. Be careful what comments you make while wandering around, particularly when you're viewing a luxury property. 
  3. Look, don't touch. Pretend you are in an expensive antique store and you don't want to break anything. You're not there to see how soft the bed is or to rummage through the pantry. You're there to look around. Exceptions may be made to see what water pressure is like, or to open cabinets or closets to look at what space is available inside. 

As your trusted real estate agent, Ken Richter can help you find homes to view and walk you through them each step of the way. Connect with him today at 403-630-6363.

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