If you are new to visiting open houses, you may be doubtful what's expected, and what’s frowned on. During my years of hosting, I have experienced many uncomfortable visitors, mainly due to the fact they feel they are intruding. It feels odd walking into a family’s home, regardless of whether you're intended to, but what exactly is proper etiquette? Learn below what I've known in the numerous years of showing my Merritt Island Florida homes for sale at open houses.
Proper etiquette for an open house includes the following:
Walk right in. So long as you've turned up at the appropriate time, be at liberty to walk right into the house. If the door is closed, take a fast look around for an indicator or note in case the realtor left one stating to not come in. There is no need to ring the bell or knock on the door, as long as you are not too early or late, you are expected to let yourself in.
When you have entered the house, it is correct etiquette to wipe your shoes. If you see shoes at the front door, the owner may be more comfy with you taking them off. Look for a note or sign asking you to take off your shoes, if there's not one, wear them.
Find the host of the open house. The host will customarily be round the front door area, but they could be showing the house when you arrive, so they might be on another floor. Look around the house, but acknowledge the host when your are able to.
Although there isn't any time limit for you to look round, if you get one or two hints from the host, it may be time to depart. Hints such as turning off lights, looking out the front door, or perhaps talking on their phone about leaving, are fairly obvious. Remember, they cannot leave until you do.
If you like to attend open houses and be at liberty to walk around at your own pace, you will think about going at a busier hour. This can ensure the host is busy with others, and they will not be following you raising questions about your plans. Many folks like going to an open house to look round and relax, and it can be hard to do if an agent is hot on your heels.
Always remember you are a guest in somebody's home, and acting deferential is expected. Making a mess, talking loudly, and disrespecting property, are all tasteless actions regardless of where you are. Act like you would desire folk to act in your home.
If you use the toilet, be absolutely sure to scrub up if you make a complete mess. There might be others using the washroom after you, and you are in someone's home.
Smoking, taking something from the refrigerator or looking in someone's drawers are all in bad taste. Normally I would not add these to the list, but I have witnessed all three of these at open houses, so I figured they were worth mentioning.
Attending an open house can basically be enjoyable, and often it’s ideal to spend the day visiting many [**]. This will allow you to be able to compare 1 or 2 different homes and style while they're still fresh in your mind. This may make it easier to decide what styles you like. You do not always need to be aiming to buy a house in order to go to an open house. I know many couples who attend many on the weekends to get decorating concepts, but when you do go to an open house, respect the house you are visiting.
Article written by Beshiva D. Bransten a Cocoa real estate agent. If you plan on attending an open house, you can find out more about the right etiquett by visiting Beshiva’s Palm Bay FL real estate website.