Open homes - the six top tips for buy­ers

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

Con­sumer tips Pro­vided by REIQ

HOUSE hunt­ing is an ex­cit­ing time filled with pos­si­bil­i­ties, although it can be­come te­dious if it drags on too long.

1. Cre­ate a check list and a scor­ing sys­tem:

Be or­gan­ised about your house hunt­ing. Cre­ate a check­list and a scor­ing sys­tem and do it on the back of the brochure the agent will hand you at each open home. List ev­ery­thing your home must have, fol­lowed by the nice-to-have fea­tures. Give each fea­ture a score out of 10. When you’re look­ing over your notes af­ter a cou­ple of weeks, this will help you keep it straight in your mind which prop­erty ap­pealed more and why.

2. Re­move your shoes:

This is some­one’s home and they have likely taken enor­mous care and gone to a lot of trou­ble to clean ev­ery­thing for your visit, in­clud­ing the floors. Even if you’re pos­i­tive that your shoes are spot­less (and re­ally, how can they be when you’ve just walked from the car to the door?) please show some re­spect for their time and ef­fort and re­move your shoes. It’s a small thing but it re­veals a lot about a per­son.

3. Be re­spect­ful of pri­vacy is­sues:

It’s po­lite to check be­fore you take any pho­tos and while it’s un­der­stand­able that you want to check the cup­board doors open and close prop­erly, there’s no need to peer closely at the con­tents of cup­boards and draw­ers.

4. Don’t be late:

The own­ers have likely va­cated the prop­erty for this event and the agent has other open homes to con­duct, so try to be punc­tual and re­mem­ber that you’re not the only one in­volved in this process. Equally, once you’re there, don’t hang around for hours mulling over the pos­si­bil­i­ties. Take some notes that you can re­fer to, chat to the agent, get their pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, and leave.

5. Don’t be a time-waster:

If you’re keen on the prop­erty, great. Ask all the ques­tions you want and re­turn a cou­ple of times to check out the prop­erty at dif­fer­ent times of the day. But if it’s only a small pos­si­bil­ity, please don’t re­turn four or five times. Un­der­stand that the agent is try­ing to do the best job for the ven­dor and they want to spend their time on some­one who’s rel­a­tively cer­tain they are go­ing to buy the prop­erty.

6. Don’t bring an en­tourage:

Too many cooks can spoil the broth and too many opin­ions can be con­fus­ing. Just you and your part­ner to be­gin with, and then when you’re culling the short list, per­haps bring the sec­ond opin­ions then.

Some­thing many peo­ple don’t tell you is how much of your pur­chase de­ci­sion goes on gut feel. When you walk into a prop­erty you some­times just *know* this is the one. Don’t risk let­ting that one get away. If you love it, buy it.

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