Be an Open House Pro

Attending an open house can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Here are some tips to help keep your cool and help you decide if this is really the home for you and worth taking the next steps.

Take note of the neighborhood

Is it on a busy street? Do the neighbors have barking dogs? Are the other homes in the area run down? Are they building a shopping mall across the street?

Getting a feel for the neighborhood is in your long-term interest, as these will ultimately be your comparables when you might sell later down the road. These are things that are not in the listing details, so be sure to tune into the surrounding area of the home.

Focus on the big stuff

It's easy to get caught up in the small details of the home, but the reality is, those are all cosmetic and can be changed to your liking with little cost.

However, an aged roof that might need to be redone is something you should ask about, as this will come out of your pocket and won't be cheap if you end up purchasing. It's important to look beyond the surface and get at the core home attributes and their current state.

A home's age can be a great starting point for carefully looking at elements of the home that deteriorate over time and evaluating their condition. Note that old homes tend to have issues with electrical, siding, roofing, insulation, plumbing since material quality and regulations have changed over the years.

Does it meet your needs?

You're at an open house for a reason, but double-check that the home meets all your needs before falling in love with it. It sounds silly, but why waste your time on a home that has your wants and none of your needs?