When You Go To An Open House...
It never ceases to amaze me on what I see at open houses. Regardless if you're a first time home buyer or just a curious neighbor, there's some dos and dont's that you should follow.
1. Sign in
When a Realtor hosts an open house, the owner requires the Realtor to have all visitors sign in. If you are working with a Realtor, you can put your agent's information down.
If you're passively looking, you still need to sign in. It's understandable that you might be uncomfortable in leaving your contact information. If that's the case, you don't have to. Just articulate that to the hosting agent. It's okay. However, don't expect that you can tour the home without signing in.
If you're visiting a condo or townhouse, it's important you park in designated guest stalls. If there are no guest stalls, find street parking or have someone drop you off. Don't park in another resident's stall.
If you're visiting a single-detached family home, park in designated parking areas. If other people are parked in the garage or carport, don't block their cars in. Most people who go to open houses usually attend other open houses. If you're blocking their car in, you're preventing them from going to their next destination. It's a minor thing, but some people can get frustrated.
3. Be Respectful
Respect the house. It's that simple. If you're bringing young children, please watch over them. The house is not a playground. If the home is owner-occupied, don't touch the owner's things. Also, it's understandable that you want to check the closets for space. However, it's not necessary to go through drawers and medicine cabinets.
If you have a question about the home, ask the hosting agent. Don't assume things. I once ran an open house and a person was adamant that blemish on the hardwood floor was caused by water. It wasn't. This person then told other open house patrons there was water damage in the house. There's nothing worse then making a false accusation about something you have no knowledge of.