One of the most crucial steps when purchasing a property is to go to an open house. Judging a house by its images online alone is not a good buying strategy. The only way to get a real feel for the property is by stepping into it. When you’re at an open home you have limited time to picture yourself living in the property, so you’ve got to make the most of it! iThink Sales Agent Kelli McKellar has some tips on how buyers can make the most of an open house.


Empty bench in park



Before you head to the open house research the neighbourhood. Remember it’s not just a house you are buying, you are buying into a neighbourhood. Take the time to think of what sort of lifestyle you are after and what’s essential for a neighbourhood to have. Questions to ask yourself could be; do you want within walking distance to a park? Close to public transport? Only a few minutes from a shopping centre? etc.


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On the day of the open, arrive early! You want to be the first one in and allow yourself as much time as possible. When you research the neighbourhood make sure you also include research on the route and how long it will take you to get there. Allow a little bit of extra time than advised in case of traffic issues.



As soon as you enter the property make sure you have all your senses switched on. Listen for noises- are you near a busy street? Flight path? If you can hear loud noises now, you will only hear them more clearly at night when you’re trying to sleep. When you walk inside, make sure you use your sense of smell to point out any off scents. Take particular care in the bathrooms and kitchen where dampness is likely to exist. Also, ensure you are on the lookout for large cracks etc. which may be costly to fix.


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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there is anything you are a little unsure about just ask the agent, they are there to help. Some questions you might like to ask are: Has the seller made any modifications/renovations? Why are the owners selling now? Are there any known plans for development in the area?



If you’re inexperienced, take someone for a second opinion. In particular, you should consider someone who is more knowledgeable about the property sector. Having an extra set of eyes may help you pick up on things you’ve missed or never thought of!


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Driven, dedicated and determined, Kelli offers an honest and fresh approach to selling your property. Born and bred in Toowoomba, Kelli boasts vast local knowledge and an extensive network. If you’ve ever dreamt about a stress-free real estate experience, then you need to talk to Kelli about her streamlined and seamless approach that is continually delivering results.