What to Expect During an Open House?

So, after much deliberation, you made the decision to buy a home. For many, purchasing (and selling) a property can be an exhilarating and overwhelming process, requiring a well thought out plan. Before any paper work is signed, you will want to know as much as you can about a home in order to make the best decision possible.

To help you make an informed decision, you will most probably have the opportunity to attend an open house in Vancouver, an open house in Whistler, or an open house in Squamish. If you have never had the prospect of going through this very important process, you may be unfamiliar with what to expect.

Get a feel for a home

An open house is a great opportunity for you, as a potential buyer, with a chance to preview the home. During that time, the listing agent will have the home open to the public and will be available to answer any questions you may have about the home and the property. If you have particular interest in the home you can make an appointment for you and your Realtor to come back and take a 2nd, more thorough look.

Arriving at the open house

When you arrive at the open house, you will be greeted by a listing agent and asked to sign in. Leaving your information will allow the agent to follow up with you at a later time. You will want to take down the name and number of the real estate agent to give to your agent in case you are interested in the home you are viewing. In many cases, you will also be given with a handout with detailed information about the property during your inspection.

Things to look for

After you have spoken with the listing agent, feel free to tour the home.  Be sure to take full advantage of the time you have to familiarize with the property, paying close attention to some of the important details you will need to know before you purchase a home.  Getting an overall feel for the property keeping in mind what key elements are important for you and your family.  Is there enough square footage, are there enough bedrooms/bathrooms, storage areas and closet spaces, is there enough patio/outdoor space for your needs and what is the view/light like? Additionally, you should be on the look out for any possible maintenance concerns, including uneven floors, cracks or water stains, mold, and the over-all condition of the roof.

Keeping a poker face

Asking questions about the home you are viewing is obviously important. But in today’s competitive market, it is best to avoid over-divulging on what you really think of the home until it is time to negotiate a deal. If you are interested in the home, arrange to have a second viewing, so you can re-examine the property and go over some of the things your may have missed during the first showing.

Having a well thought out plan before you begin the open house process will give you the confidence and peace of mind to make the best home buying decision.

If you are a homebuyer who is interested in finding a new home, contact the professionals at House and Homes. We will be happy to answer your questions about the open houses in Vancouver, Whistler, or Squamish.