4 Reasons You Need to Visit Open Houses (Even If You're Not Buying)

Even if you’re not a Realtor or prospective home buyer, no one can resist the curiosity that comes with seeing a ‘For Sale’ sign pop up in their neighbourhood.

Homes for sale often mean open houses, and while many people are probably too shy to visit open houses if they’re not planning on purchasing a property, doing so is actually one of the best things you can do, for future reference!

For one, you’ll learn what not to do

While hindsight is nice, knowing what to look for and what to avoid when taking a look at a potential property is key in ensuring you don’t make a poor home purchase decision for your needs. By looking at the layouts, designs and configurations of homes via open houses, you can learn more about what you like, what you don’t like, and potential home design or renovation mistakes to avoid!

You’ll also get a reality check

Open houses can lend perspective to the type of property you can afford, but also how to avoid over-inflating your list price when you sell your own property. For example, you may think a property has been priced fairly at $895,000, but if that same property needs thousands of dollars worth of renovations, or has mould in its attic, many buyers would be thinking twice about the price!

Home inspo is everywhere

If you love Pinterest, then you’ll love open houses, because they’re sort of like Pinterest, IRL (in real life)! Walking through someone else’s home and seeing all of the unique ways they’ve styled their spaces can act as serious inspo for your own home. What’s more, you may discover new materials, colours, and design schemes you never would have thought of!

You might discover your new neighbourhood

Sometimes we’re right around the corner from a neighbourhood we’ve never explored or have given little thought to. Open houses are great for this, because they allow you to discover new areas in your city or near your own neighbourhood that have serious potential! If you are looking to buy a property, your Realtor can include these new neighbourhoods in your search, so you can explore more listings and broaden your home buying horizons!

Joanna Cutaia-Beales