Open House Etiquette for Santa Cruz Home Buyers

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Part of the process of buying a Santa Cruz home includes visiting several open houses so that you can view your options. The idea of an open house is to get a chance to look inside a property you are considering and to get a better idea of whether you want to buy it.

Whenever you are attending an open house, it is important to observe proper etiquette. In order to avoid offending or annoying the homeowners, here are seven tips to keep in mind:

1. If there is a sign out front for an open house, you can feel free to simply enter. However, try to introduce yourself to the real estate agent the first chance you get.

2. Always wipe your feet on the doormat so you don’t track dirt into the house. The owners have probably spent hours cleaning and prepping it for sale.

3. It can be a good idea to bring a checklist and take photos for your own personal reference, but be sure to ask the homeowner’s permission, as this is their private space.

4. Leave your kids and pets with a sitter. Homeowners might not like a curious toddler or a dog wandering around in their Santa Cruz home.

5. It is okay to open closet and pantry doors to get an idea of storage space, but respect the homeowner’s privacy and resist the urge to peek into furniture drawers.

6. If you don’t like the house, refrain from making any negative comments about it in front of the owners or other potential buyers. Be polite and simply say that it is not quite what you are looking for and you’ll have to think about it.

7. If you need to use the bathroom, ask permission first. After all, you are in someone else’s house.

These are just a few important pointers to keep in mind when you are visiting an open house. Please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information about viewing a Santa Cruz home.

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