Do’s and Don’ts of Viewing Homes – An Etiquette Primer
If this is your first time to view a property, etiquette should be highly observed. Being a potential owner does not mean you can do all sorts of crazy stuff while viewing a house or a unit. It is critical that you behave the best possible way and treat all trippings as professionals dealings.
In this post, we will share with you some of the best practices when viewing properties.
Be On Time
When you and your agent agreed on a specific time to meet, be there. Do not waste anyone’s precious time by being late. If it cannot be avoided, make sure to call the soonest to reschedule and genuinely apologize. There are a number of clients who would cancel on the exact time they scheduled the meeting. Chances are, the agent is already in the meeting place. That’s a total waste of time, effort, and money. Remember, most real estate agents have multiple schedules in a day. Let’s respect that too.
Avoid Making a Mess
When viewing a property. Make sure to not leave a mess. Some model units and houses have clear signs that you can’t sit down on chairs and beds. Follow these rules. If you have trash, ask where the garbage can is, instead of just leaving it in the property. Lastly, do not use the toilet without permission. Most model houses do not have a water or plumbing system in place. Thus, using the toilet is a bad idea.
Don’t Make Rude Comments
Just in case you don’t love the property, avoid making unnecessary comments. You don’t have to tell the agent how bad the interior decoration is, or how substandard the materials are. And if you badly need to make few suggestions, make sure that you do it privately and not in front of other clients.
Leave Your Kids at Home (if possible)
We are not saying that agents do not love kids. However, if your children can be ‘unruly’ at times, it is best if you go on a tripping alone. They might encounter accidents during the viewing, and we do not want that to happen. Or if you have no choice but to bring the kids along, make sure that you have toys or coloring books with you. This should keep them busy instead of them running around the property.
Always Thank Your Agent
Lastly, do not forget to thank your agent for allotting time to accommodate your requests. It doesn’t matter if you have decided to reserve or not, but being grateful will go a long way.
Proper decorum when checking out properties does not have to be that hard. You just need to value one’s time and respect the agents, together with the property itself.