When you’re in the market to buy a new home, there’s a certain unspoken protocol that should be followed. It’s important to be mindful of others you are working with in order to maximize the whole experience. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or a seasoned pro, here are some tips that will help make the process as painless as possible.
- Come prepared with a notepad, camera and folder. You want to organize any materials you receive in the most efficient manner possible, in case you’re planning to see more than one property at once.
- If you’re looking at buying a house with someone else and that person happens to be attending the open house with you, don’t bicker in the presence of others. Any serious discrepancies you may have with your co-owner should be discussed at a later time.
- Dress casually. Nothing too over the top, nothing not covering your bottom.
- You’re there to see the property, not attend happy hour. over socialization defeats the purpose until AFTER you’ve taken care of business.
- Ask before you take photos. Even though everyone and their mother has a cell phone with seemingly high res photo taking capabilities doesn’t mean it’s not polite to ask before you Ansel Adams the place. There’s a good chance that the home you’re scoping is still being resided in.
- This may seem like an insult to one’s intelligence, but DON’T go digging through someone’s personal items while trying to determine if the storage space is large enough to hold your belongings.
- Practice your poker face. This one totally stinks if you’re easily excitable or just as easily disgusted, but it’s important not to give away your thoughts. Keep your eyes and ears open however, because not everyone is so steadfast. You might be able to learn a lot about your perspective competition by being observant.
- Ask pertinent questions in a respectful manner. No one likes a busy body. There’s no need to pry for extremely personal details. Here are some questions to consider: Has the owner received offers already? why are the owners are selling the home? How long has the home been on the market? Will any furniture will be sold with the home? Is the home in a flood hazard zone? If so, how much are the annual flood insurance premiums? Are there any other hidden costs of ownership? What are the other neighborhood houses like? Always remember to be tactful and courteous when positioning your questions. Keep in mind that just because you ask all the right questions, it does not always guarantee you will get all honest answers. If the SELLER is present however, sometimes they are willing to divulge important information that will help you make informative decisions because they are often more emotional about the whole experience.
- Be mindful that the listing agent might not necessarily be the person who is showing the property during the open house. He/she should be able to direct your questions elsewhere if unable to answer them in full.