Do’s and Don’ts for Open Houses

Open Houses are a dream come true for prospective buyers.  You can look at different style homes in different neighborhoods, dream about renovations and generally broaden your idea about the kind of home you really want.

At the same time, you can become frustrated – and waste gas – if you’re not careful.  So let’s take a look at a few do’s and don’ts for open houses:

  • Don’t waste time on a house you know you don’t want.  If you walk in the door and know it’s not for you, leave.  Agents have seen it all, they won’t be offended.
  • Don’t go crazy over a house, even if you think it’s exactly what you want.  Think with your head, not your heart.
  • Don’t criticize.  Keep negative comments to yourself.
  • Don’t reveal your buying power – no one, except your agent, needs to know what you can afford until you write a contract.


  • Do ask why the homeowner is moving.  What you really want to know here is the owner’s motivation for selling.
  • Do ask how long it has been on the market.  (This is also information your agent can provide ahead of time.)
  • Do bring a notebook and camera with you.  Make notes about what you like and take pictures so you can compare and contrast later.  This is especially helpful if you are an out of town buyer.


And my best piece of advice? Work with a buyer’s agent.  A buyer’s agent will protect YOUR interest – not the owners.

Want to know more about why a buyer’s agent is important and what I can do for you?

Call me at 703.927.4554 and let’s talk houses.

Michael