Use an open house as a chance to take a closer look at a home and ask questions. Here are some helpful open house tips to save time.


Spend your time at an open house with a purpose. Enter with an open mind and be ready with a notepad or note app on your phone to jot down questions that come to mind while you’re touring the property.

🤔 What is an Open House?

You’ll hear the term open house used when a business or private residence that is typically closed to the public opens its doors for public tours. Open houses are popular among new businesses and those trying to sell a house. 

👩‍💼 Do I need a real estate agent?

Don’t waste time looking at houses that won’t meet your needs or check items off on your wish list. A real estate agent saves you time by finding homes that match your search criteria.

We look forward to attending open houses with you. We suggest that you present all of the questions to us, and we can make sure you get the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Open House Sign with Balloons

📸 What should I do before the open house?

Take some time to look through the property’s listing details to learn more about the home. Listings usually have photos that give you a good idea of what you can expect. Some listings provide virtual tours.

It’s not unusual for people to attend more than one open house a week or on a weekend, but it’s important to plan some downtime in between open houses. You need time to process information and stay away from the feeling of being overloaded.

👉 Richmond Open Houses


🔎 What if I’m interested in the property?

Letting your emotions lead the way when you’re visiting an open house can cause you to miss warning signs that could cost you money later. Keep an open mind and allow yourself to dream a bit but always keep yourself grounded.

Don’t get so enchanted by the home that you miss things like cracks in the foundation or other details. Stay focused, even if you are excited about the possibilities.

TIP: Let your real estate agent know you are interested instead of sharing that information with the seller or their agent. Doing this could be beneficial when it comes to negotiations.

Man Showing Entrance to Open House

📲 Contact The Wilson Group

We can help!
We strive to make our client’s real estate transaction an overall great experience. Our business model is deeply founded in the fact that it is all about the experience! Give us a call at 804-396-4625.

🗣️ Why only tell my real estate agent?

There are times when the right home connects with the right buyer and magic happens. If this happens to you, take care when showing initial interest in the home.

Loud exclamations can cost you to lose any leverage you may have with the seller because the seller’s agent will be paying close attention to your reactions. Your excitement could also alert other buyers that you plan to make an offer and cause them to move faster to beat you to the table.

⚡ What if I need to buy a house quickly?

Keep details about your financial or buying situation quiet when touring the property. There are other people within earshot who may benefit in negotiations should they know too much about these things.

Even if you are under a time deadline, you don’t want to let the seller know that you may be swayed. Don’t reveal your financial situation when it comes to the amount your willing to pay for the home.

Remember that the seller’s agent is there to sell the home. You are there to take a look around and ask questions. Let your real estate agent ask the questions to lessen the chance that important details are accidentally revealed.

People Outside an Open house

🕵️ What should I look at during the open house?

Use your notepad or note app to record things you like about the house, things you want to be included in the sale, and any questions that come to mind. Photos of interesting features can be helpful later, especially if you’re visiting more than one open house in a weekend.

What should I look at during the open house?

Check the exterior of the home and property. Look for problems with the roof, land, siding, outside buildings, and other exterior features.

  • How does the exterior paint look?
  • Is the exterior in good shape?
  • Are there shingles missing from the roof?
  • Do you see any dead trees nearby?
  • Are there visible cracks in the foundation?

👉 Chesterfield County Open Houses


🏡 What should I check inside the house?

While inside the home, check the following things that often escape attention.

  • Do the drawers stick when sliding?
  • Do the closets have shelves?
  • Does the toilet flush easily or run longer than needed?
  • Do the doors stick or close unevenly?
  • Can you feel air coming from windows?
  • Are there signs of leaks under the sinks?
People looking inside house real estate agent

❓ What questions should I ask during an open house?

Even if you are tempted to talk to the seller directly, your real estate agent should ask the questions. They have the experience that is essential when it comes to presenting questions in a way that gets the right answers without revealing too much.

  • How long they have lived in the home?
  • How long the home has been on the market?
  • Why they are selling the home?
  • Are any problems with the property or the house?
  • Have they lowered the listing price?
  • Has the home recently been re-listed? If so, why?
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