3 Benefits Of Attending Open Houses

If you’re like most people, you look forward to browsing other people’s homes while looking to buy your dream house. There’s something exciting about getting a peek into the lives of complete strangers. Having said that, there are a few other reasons you should go to open houses, even if you’re not in the market to buy a new home.

1. Educate Yourself

If you’re selling your home or might be in the market to sell soon, visiting open houses gives you an opportunity to take advantage of the listing agent’s knowledge and educate yourself. In addition to seeing what other properties are for sale, you also find out what comparable houses are selling for in the area. 

Take a few minutes to speak with the listing agent to find out what’s happening in the housing market in your area and get her take on future trends well before the media has a chance to report it. 

2. Discover the Current Home Design Trends

Home sellers present their homes in the best shape possible. This usually means making necessary repairs and updating cosmetic aspects of the home. Sellers often turn to their real estate agent for help in what’s hot and what’s not in home décor, so by visiting open houses, you get a good sense of what’s current in the world of home design and décor. 

Even if you’re not looking to sell your home any time soon, visiting open houses will likely give you a good idea of where to start to bring your own home’s décor into the current decade.

3. Find Good Designers and Contractors

When you walk into someone else’s home and are awestruck by the beauty within, you may be inspired to do the same in your own home. Visiting open houses gives you plenty of opportunities to gather the contact information of various designers and contractors so you can replicate their awesome work in your own home. 

Of course, it’s a good idea to ask family and friends for referrals if you’re looking to do some remodeling work in your own home, but don’t be afraid to ask a listing agent for referrals, too, if you see something you like while visiting an open house. This will give you more options when you decide it’s time to renovate your home in the future. 

Open houses aren’t just for people looking to buy a new home. Anyone can attend open houses and it’s a good idea, especially if you’re selling a home yourself, need some new ideas for your own home, or are looking for good, reliable contractors for a future project. The next time you see an open house in your neighborhood, take a few minutes to stop and look around – even if you aren’t in the market for a new home.