Putting a plan in place before you visit open houses will help you make the most of your time. Here are a few things to do before you tour an open house:
Research Neighborhoods & Open Houses
Using REcolorado.com, you can put together a list of the homes or condos you want to see community by community. First, identify the Colorado neighborhoods and popular places to live you want to visit. Open houses are a great way to get to know Colorado cities, neighborhoods, and community developments.
Plan your Itinerary
Search open houses in Colorado. Using the convenient map feature, you can schedule your day to see open houses in one neighborhood, move on to the next area and so on. Schedule enough time to visit each home and travel to the next one.
Create a Checklist
As you’re touring open houses, use the opportunity to look for features you’d like in your new home. Prepare a room-by-room list of features you want in your new home. Categorize them by must-haves and nice-to-have. This will help you focus during the tour to assess whether the home is a good fit for your family.
Even if you would prefer not to engage with real estate agents, remember your manners. Be cordial to the REALTOR or agent hosting the open house. Greet them and sign in; be honest about your intentions. Don’t forget to thank the agent when you leave.
You will likely receive a property description sheet with information like square footage, number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and special features in the house. Use this sheet along with your own checklist to take notes as you walk through the house.
A closer look
Make certain there is enough storage space in the home, but don’t go through someone else’s private belongings. It’s okay to check the width and depth of the closets, kitchen and bathroom drawers, cupboards, and cabinets. This is also a great time to see if anything is broken or squeaks.
As you visit open houses across Colorado, don’t forget about Open House Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts. Open houses are a great way to learn more about homes for sale in Colorado, visit popular neighborhoods, and start your home search process.
Originally published January 8, 2019 — Updated January 9, 2020