Whether you are simply toying with the idea of purchasing a Tampa FL home or are a serious buyer, attending open houses can be a very beneficial experience for you. With each house you visit, you gain knowledge about what you really want/need and gather valuable information about features, pricing, and hidden assets or defects.
There are only so many home photos and descriptions that you can view online. Eventually, you’ll want to go out to see some properties in person. Open houses are an enjoyable way to check out a variety of homes while getting an up-close look at neighborhoods. Check out real estate booklets, the newspaper, and this website to find times and places of homes.
When you go to an open house, pick up the property-information sheet and take notes on what you like and dislike. After seeing several homes, those notes will help you remember specific property details. And don’t be afraid to take pictures, but ask the hosting real estate agent first if it’s okay. One tip for note taking is to create a “must have” list you can check off for each Tampa FL home you tour. You might also consider bringing along a tape measure to make sure your furniture will fit and to verify measurements provided by the seller.
Other hints for being successful in open house visits include:
- Be observant and focused: Don’t be swayed by expert staging or the aroma a freshly baked cookies. Prepare a list of items to check out, such as cabinets, carpet, storage space, yard requirements, etc. Click here for an extensive list of such items and questions you need to ask yourself.
- Tour the home by yourself: One time around with the hosting realtor is fine, but you are entitled to a walk-through alone.
- Be alert for warning signs: Are scented candles masking pet odors? Are drawn curtains hiding a less-than-lovely view? Is a small throw rug covering up worn carpet? Is the roaring fire providing heat in an otherwise cold room? Visit FrontDoor.com to read about common traps potential homebuyers should avoid at an open house.
- Search the web for helpful articles before you go: Typing in “benefits of attending an open house” will yield some interesting and important reading to help you capitalize on your Tampa FL home tours. About.com is a good place to begin.
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