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Open House Etiquette: What Can You Expect?

With more and more of us figuring out physical distancing requirements and starting to adjust to the new normal, we might be getting back to the to-do list that was temporarily stowed away. If you're in the market for a new home, chances are you still want to see the property in person, and that's where open houses come in! A majority of homes will still be inhabited by the sellers, so what does open house etiquette look like?


CHOOSE YOUR OUTFIT ACCORDINGLY

While it's not necessary to go all out with a professional suit, how you present yourself in this setting is just as important as any other event. You may gain admittance to the home if you're dressed in sweatpants and flip flops, but you risk not being taken as seriously if you're actually invested in buying. Beyond that, proper attire shows both the sellers and real estate professionals involved that you're respectful and mindful of their living and working space.


BUYERS WITH AND WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

If you're already working with an agent, feel free to inform the agent holding the open house with something as simple as a business card. Realtors may forget to ask about this information in advance, but won't try to solicit you once this information is brought to attention. If you are without agent representation, open houses are a great way to find an agent since you get to witness them in live action and engage in face-to-face conversation. Feel free to ask for their contact information and set up a followup interview.


PRETEND ITS A GALLERY

Although homes are much less intimidating than display cases under harsh light in a museum, try to keep your hands and curiosity stowed away, especially if you have children in tow. Ask the agent whether shoes are preferred on or off, and avoid opening closed doors, drawers, and cabinets, especially if the home has yet to be vacated. Treat the home as respectfully as you'd like others to treat it, including asking about whether pictures are allowed.


All the best and happy browsing!

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