We all know that there are rules when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
Remove your shoes.
Stay out of the medicine cabinet.
Don’t make a mess.
Some of these are common courtesies, but others need to be said.
With the Spring real estate market amping up in Calgary, we thought it was a good idea to go over some Open House Rules.
Open House doesn’t mean all access!
If you come across rooms with closed doors, always check with the listing agent before entering. You’re there to tour the home and yes, that includes the closets, cabinets and cupboards.
But before you open, ask.
Wait your turn.
Warm weather, weekend afternoons, and open house signs are a recipe for market activity.
If someone is in a room, allow them the chance to tour and exit before you pile in.
Get in, take a look around, and get out.
Ask before you shoot.
Always ask permission before taking photos or video at an open house.
This is still someone else’s home, so respect their privacy. I
f you’ve been given the greenlight to take photos, snap away.
But remember, these are for personal reference only.
Stay off the furniture.
You’re there to tour the home, not relax on the couch.
Some homes have been staged with rented or even fake furniture.
Unless you’ve been expressly invited to sit, don’t.
Take your critiques outside.
There will likely be things you like and dislike about the house. That goes without saying.
What should also go without saying, is criticism.
Remember, this is still someone’s home and you don’t want to risk offending anyone, especially if you’re interested in making an offer.
You never know who’s listening.
Please, thank you, hello, and goodbye go along way.
At the end of it all, follow the Golden Rule.
Treat others and their homes the way you’d want to be treated.
Thanks to ReMax Canada for these Open House Rules!