Starting the search for your dream apartment is an exciting adventure, as the process allows you to narrow down your priorities and tighten your checklist. Attending an array of open home inspections is a major stepping stone to finding your ideal place, as they allow you to get a physical feel for the space and a glimpse into the possibilities for styling each room to suit your lifestyle. When visiting a property inspection, there are a number of unspoken rules you should follow to ensure your open home etiquette is up to par.
Below, we outline four things on the ‘don’t’ list to avoid at your next inspection.
1. Enter with dirty shoes
Before you even walk through the inviting doors of an open home, ensure you ask the real estate agent whether they would prefer it if you removed your shoes to avoid trailing dirt throughout the house. If the agent isn’t present at the door when you arrive, check to see whether there are sets of shoes lined up outside to get an indication. If you are permitted to wear shoes, wipe them on the doormat and check the soles to ensure they won’t drag debris across the floorboards or carpets. Once you’re confident in your cleanliness, it’s time to check out your potential future apartment!
2. Use the toilets
Bathrooms are a major drawcard of buying a new apartment, and it’s important to get a feel for the dimensions, check for leaks and squeaks with the tapware and inspect the quality of the surfaces. Once you’ve ticked off this checklist, that’s when your time exploring the bathroom in an open or display home should come to an end. The bottom line? Nature may call but answer the call somewhere else.
3. Take selfies for the gram
Sometimes you need to take photographs of certain aspects of a room at an open home to remember specific details or take note of proportions. But it’s important you avoid capturing any personal belongings such as family photographs in your images, or devices that relate to the security of the house. Generally, the real estate agent needs to get permission from the homeowners before allowing photographs. If you do snap a few pics, keep them in your camera roll. It is very rare for extra photographs to be required when viewing our apartments for sale as we provide comprehensive imaging, 3D tours and walk through videos online for your future reference.
4. Snoop through personal items
When you’re at an open home, it’s understandable that you’ll need to open various kitchen drawers, linen cupboards, bedroom closets and bathroom cabinets to get an idea of the storage space and the quality of these fixtures. However, you need to be careful not to cross the line and start snooping on the current homeowners’ personal belongings. If you come across a closed door, ask the real estate agent if it’s okay to enter before you open it, and don’t poke around the liquor cabinet or dresser drawers in the bedroom.
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