Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

  • Bob
  • 14 January 2018

Let's go over a few do's and a HUGE don't when attending an open house.

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Sometimes when viewing a home for sale we forget that we are a guest in someone's home.

When viewing a home for sale, do not have any expectations of privacy

Just assume that everything you are saying is being recorded by the home owner. I'm not suggesting that this is a common practice but that last you want to be doing is discussing offer strategy inside the home. Wait until you get outside and in the car before discussing anything you wouldn't want to share with the home owner. 

Beware the Nanny Cam

With today's modern technology it very easy to record audio and video with discrete recording devices. Remember that you are on private property. Just because the home is for sale it doesn't mean you should have any expectations of privacy. You a guest in someone's home and should act accordingly. 

What you should do at an open house

  1. Take notes
  2. Ask questions
  3. Procession date?
  4. Recents improvements?
  5. Age and condition of the furnace, air conditioning, roof, windows

Some of these items can be costly to repair or replace and may affect your offer price. 

Open House Etiquette

Be respectful of the fact that you are a quest in someone's home. It is okay to open a closet to see the size but do not start moving things or touching anything. I would suggest not opening any  medicine cabinets or drawers as they may contain personal items. Taking photos with your phone is also a no-no unless permission is obtained. There is usually a brochure with photos for buyers to take home. 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Bob Roman, Sales Representtaive, Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage. 

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