8 Ways to Make the Most of Open Homes
Whether you are exploring the idea of a move to Naperville or you are already pre-approved to purchase a new home, visiting open homes is one of the best ways to get an idea of the homes available in the area. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make the most of your time visiting open homes in Naperville and the surrounding area.
1. Do set aside Saturday and/or Sunday.
Most sellers in Chicago’s Western Suburbs choose to host open homes on Saturday or Sunday. If you are planning to check out homes in this area, try to schedule your outing for one or both of these days.
2. Do prioritize the homes you want to see most.
On most weekends, you will have access to multiple open homes throughout the area. Depending on the location of the homes and the amount of time you spend at each home, you may not be able to see every home on your list. Make sure you are able to walk through the ones that interest you by making them a priority.
3. Do leave time to explore the neighborhood.
If you’re considering a home purchase in a specific area, it’s important to explore the area itself in addition to looking at the home. If possible, leave some time to walk around the neighborhood and drive around the town before you move on to the next property.
4. Do wear comfortable shoes.
Visiting open homes requires a lot of walking, especially if you decide to explore the area. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes so your feet can go the distance.
5. Do ask before taking photos.
As you visit different homes, you may be tempted to take photos so you can remember how the inside of the home looks and make note of any specific features you liked or disliked. However, it’s appropriate to first ask the homeowner or real estate agent before taking any pictures.
1. Don’t arrive at the last minute.
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and view the home. You’ll have enough time to ask the agent any questions you might have about the property.
2. Don’t enter rooms that are already occupied.
When visiting an open home, you may run into other potential buyers who are interested in the same property. Before exploring any room in the home, wait for any other guests to vacate the room. Everyone visiting the open home deserves a chance to explore the home freely and at their own pace.
3. Don’t make disparaging remarks about the home or its owners.
As you walk through any home on your list, avoid making any negative comments about the appearance of the home, its structure, or the people who live there. If you have concerns, make note of them and discuss them with your real estate agent later.