Posted on November 8, 2019 at 9:00 am by & filed under Buying a Home, Home Inspections, Open Houses, Real Estate Agents.

Modern loft-style living room with large floor to ceiling windows.When you’re viewing properties available on the market, chances are you’ll find yourself at a few open houses, where you’ll have the opportunity to venture through the house along with other potential buyers. During this time, you can see the house for yourself and ask any questions you may have. Either your realtor or the realtor hosting the open house should be able to elaborate on many topics regarding the property.

Our experts at The Woolcott Team have gathered a list of important questions that you can ask during an open house. Read on to learn more!

Why Should I Attend an Open House?

There are many benefits to attending an open house. First and foremost, you can see the house for yourself. Every aspect of the home and property will be up front and personal, giving you a better idea of the quality, aesthetic, and functionality of the house. As we all know, pictures can be deceiving. Attending an open house allows you to take a closer look at the windows, see if the cabinets have been upgraded, check the quality of the flooring for yourself, and everything else in between.

Not only will you have a chance to see the house in the flesh, but you also have a chance to see what others think of the house. Listen closely, as you might be able to hear the conversations that other potential homebuyers are having about the house. You never know, they might see something that you don’t that could change your perspective on the listing.

Lastly, attending an open house gives you a chance to speak with the realtor about the listing. You can ask questions, take a look at the home inspection report and get a general idea of the atmosphere that the house offers.

Top 10 Questions to Ask

Here is a list of ten questions that you can ask the realtor at your next open house.

  1. How much is it listed for? Has the amount been reduced?
  2. Are there any previous or current offers?
  3. What is the neighbourhood like?
  4. How long has it been on the market?
  5. Has it passed a home inspection?
  6. Why is the seller moving and do they have firm dates?
  7. Which appliances are included?
  8. When was the roof, plumbing and/or electrical last upgraded?
  9. What are the average utility costs?
  10. Does it have a history of mould or asbestos?

Asking these questions will give you a better idea of the quality that the property offers. There’s so much more to a house than meets the eye, which is why it’s so important to do some digging and really find out if the house is worth it.

Top Real Estate Agents

Are you in the market to buy a home? Whether it’s your first home for a growing family or if you’re downsizing after the kids moved out, our experts at The Woolcott Team can help. We’ve gained considerable expertise in Hamilton, Burlington and Waterdown real estate. Contact our team of top real estate agents today to get started.

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