Open House Checklist & Tips for Buyers (PDF)
An open house can be an exciting experience for buyers as it provides an opportunity to explore a property in person and get a feel for the neighborhood. Many buyers choose to make a day of it and visit several open houses in the same day if possible. Whether you are visiting one or multiple houses, it’s essential to make the most out of the time spent during the open house tour to gather all the necessary information so that later on you can compare information from each open house and make an informed decision.
Open House Checklist:
Here are a few things to remember to bring along with you when you go on an open house to make the experience productive and enjoyable.
- Pen and notebook
- Camera or smartphone for pictures
- Measuring tape to measure room sizes
- Comfortable shoes for walking around the property
- Water bottle and snacks
- A list of questions to ask the agent
- A checklist of features you’re looking for in a property
- A checklist of potential issues to look out for, such as water damage or mold.
Open House Tips for Buyers:
Here are some open house tips for buyers that can help you navigate the process smoothly.
- Research the property before visiting the open house: It’s always a good idea to look the property up on a reputable REALTOR website (like ours!) and gather as much information as you can before visiting the open house. Check the listing online, read the property description, and view the pictures to get an idea of what to expect. You can also use online tools like Google Maps to explore the neighborhood and see what amenities are nearby.
- Arrive early: Arriving early to the open house can help you beat the crowds and get more time to explore the property. It also gives you a chance to talk to the real estate agent and ask any questions you may have before they are overwhelmed with mutiple people.
- Take notes: Bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the open house. Jot down any questions you have, features you like, and any concerns you may have.
- Pay attention to the details: While exploring the property, pay attention to the details. Look for any signs of wear and tear, water damage, or other issues that may affect the property’s value. Be sure to walk the entire permiter of the house and the property. Don’t be afraid to ask the agent about any concerns you have.
- Test the appliances: If the property comes with appliances, make sure to test them out. Check the fridge, stove, dishwasher, and other appliances to ensure they are in good working condition.
- Explore the neighborhood: Take some time to explore the neighborhood and see what amenities are nearby. Check for grocery stores, restaurants, parks, and other amenities that may be important to you.
- Take pictures: Take pictures of the property, including any features you like, and any issues you may have concerns about. These pictures can help you remember the property and make an informed decision.
Attending an open house can be a great way to explore a property in person and get a feel for the neighborhood. By following these open house tips for buyers and using the open house checklist, you can make the most out of your time and gather all the necessary information to make an informed decision.