Home Buyers – Make the Most of an Open House

Here are five tips to get the most out of your open house visit:

1. Do your homework

Unless you’ve stumbled upon an open house while on a drive, take time to research the home you’re going to visit online.

Before you set foot in the house, rule out any potential deal-breakers. Do you have concerns about the schools that serve the area? Is the garage too small for your needs? Is the neighborhood not walkable enough for you? Home listings on websites like Zillow.com, Realtor.com and Trulia.com offer lots of details on homes and neighborhood information that can help you determine whether it’s worth it to go to an open house.

2. Bring proper tools

Be sure to carry a tape measure, notebook and a camera. You’ll need these, especially if you plan on hitting several open houses in one weekend, because you will likely want to follow up with the sales agent later on specific questions.

The tape measure will come in handy, to gauge space for beds and other big furniture pieces.

Remember an appraiser can help you when it comes time to negotiate.  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com  for your appraisal questions.

read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/02/14/open-house-tips/23240255/

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