Open Houses: Private Showing Etiquette

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VIEWING PROSPECTIVE PROPERTIES CAN BE A MINEFIELD OF UNWRITTEN RULES. Here are buyer’s most frequently asked questions about holding an open house and private showing etiquette

IS IT OK TO TAKE PICTURES OR RECORD VIDEO?

Until the property is Sold, the property you’re viewing is still someone’s private residence. So the rule here is, always ask for permission first. Understandably, some Sellers have security concerns and may prefer you don’t take any images.

IS IT OK TO USE THE BATHROOM?

If you can wait ~ do so. But, if you just can’t wait, ask permission first as the Seller may have designated a specific bathroom they’d prefer guests use. And, if you do use the Sellers bathroom, be quick and leave everything exactly as found.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE OFF MY SHOES?

Yes. Typically footwear needs to be removed at the door. Sellers in most cases have prepared their home for showings which includes cleaning the floors. Taking footwear off helps keep the home clean.

CAN I BRING MY KID(S)?
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Of Course! But should you? Unless you’re serious about a property, consider leaving them behind. You’ll get more out of the viewing since you won’t be distracted and you won’t risk your chid or children possibly doing damage to the Seller’s property or hurting themselves.

CAN I OPEN CLOSETS, CUPBOARDS AND DRAWERS?
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Open closets, cupboards and drawers at my open house? That depends. Are they permanently affixed to the property? (for example; kitchen cabinetry) Then yes! Are they attached to belongings the Seller will take with them? (such as dressers, armoires)? Then, No.

Rummaging through Sellers contents? Never.

Anne-Marie Grantham

Anne-Marie Grantham

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