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Etiquette Tips for Open Houses


Be polite as you visit open houses.

If you are currently looking to buy a home, then an open house in your area might be the perfect opportunity to find your dream home.  However, when checking out an open house, it’s important that you do not let your emotions get the best of you.  Make sure you stay calm and remember these etiquette tips to be a polite guest.

  • Be Respectful

When walking through an open house, it’s important that you respect the seller’s boundaries.  If you come across closed doors, then always check with the seller or listing agent before entering.  While part of touring a home is checking storage spaces (cabinets, closets, drawers, etc.), make sure that you ask before opening up these spaces.

  • Be Patient

If an open house is in a very popular area, then the open house might be overrun with house hunters.  If an open house is very busy, then it’s important to be courteous and patient.  If someone is walking through and examining a room, allow them to finish up before barging in and conducting your own inspection.  Once you get in, look around and keep things business-like.  Do not linger as this will halt the progress of other people who want to look at the property.

  • Save Criticisms Until After Your Tour

After looking at a property, you are sure to have things that you like and dislike.  If you want to discuss the things that you did not like about the home, then wait until you are off the property.  Heavily criticizing a home while on the property is just plain rude and you risk offending the homeowner and others at the open house.

These are some of the etiquette tips that you should remember when touring an open house.  Are you looking to buy or sell in the Hermosa Beach area?  If so, contact the experts at Brighton Escrow to get the top-tier escrow service you deserve. Serving the Hermosa Beach area, we are ready to make home buying and selling a breeze.