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House Viewing Etiquette Rules for Homebuyers

Just as you would follow specific etiquette rules when visiting someone’s house, there are also etiquette rules to follow when viewing a home for sale.

After searching for a while, you’ve finally found a listing that ticks all of your boxes. It combines location, size, features, and price perfectly. You contact the seller and set up a time to come and take a look. But it’s important to remember that you’ll be a guest in the seller’s home. Just as you would follow specific etiquette rules when visiting someone’s house, there are etiquette rules to follow when viewing a home for sale.

Do Your Research Ahead of Time

This is an old but excellent house viewing rule for a reason. Going unprepared leaves too much to chance and often means you’ll miss key details. As such, it’s best to research the neighborhood and homes in the area ahead of time. This will give you a better idea of what to expect and what is a fair price for the home. In addition, you should be prepared to ask questions about the house and the surrounding area. This will show the seller that you are serious about buying the home and ensure you get all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Arrive on Time

Yes, things happen, but try your best to arrive on time (or even a few minutes early). After all, you would expect the same courteousness if you were the one showing your home to prospective buyers. If you’re running late for some reason, do call or text the seller to let them know – courtesy goes a long way.

Respectful of the Seller’s Privacy

Be respectful of the seller’s privacy. This is their home, and they’re likely to live there still while showings occur. That means you need to be mindful of their personal belongings and space. Don’t snoop through drawers or open up closets. If you want to get a better sense of the storage space in the home, ask the homeowner if you can take a quick look inside one of the closets.

Speaking of privacy, avoid asking personal questions about the seller or their family. This includes questions about their job, income, or why they are selling the home.

Refrain From Making Negative Comments About the Home

This can be challenging if you find something you really don’t like, but it’s important to keep your thoughts to yourself. Negative comments could potentially offend the seller and jeopardize your chances of reaching a deal. Some examples of negative comments that should be avoided include:

  • Criticizing the décor or style of the home
  • Pointing out faults or problems with the property
  • Expressing doubts about whether the home is worth the asking price

Plenty of fumbles can turn an excellent house viewing tour into a disaster. Following the proper etiquette can avoid blunders and make a great impression on the homeowners. They might even be more inclined to accept your offer if they know you’re respectful and courteous.

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