Lynn Rand | Mattapoisett Real Estate, Rochester Real Estate, Marion Real Estate


An open house can be a life-changing event for a homebuyer. If you plan ahead for an open house, you should have no trouble determining whether a residence matches or exceeds your expectations. And if the answer is "Yes," you can proceed quickly to submit a competitive offer to acquire a house.

What does it take to prep for an open house? Here are three open house preparation tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Understand Your Budget

Before you attend an open house, you should find out how much money is at your disposal. Thus, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions to see if you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off your home search with a budget in hand.

Although you know that you have only a certain amount of money to spend on a residence, it may be worthwhile to consider attending open houses for residences with initial asking prices that are above your price range. Because in some instances, a home seller may be willing to accept an offer that falls below his or her initial asking price.

2. Create a List of Questions

A home is one of the biggest purchases that a person can make, and as such, it pays to be diligent. If you craft a list of questions before an open house, you can get immediate responses from the showing agent. Then, you can determine the best course of action.

When it comes to an open house, there is no such thing as a "bad" question. As a homebuyer, it is paramount to get as much information as possible about a residence to determine whether a house is right for you. Therefore, if you create a list of questions in advance, you can improve your chances of getting the most out of an open house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're uncertain about how to approach an open house, you're not alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available nationwide who are happy to teach you the ins and outs of the real estate market. By doing so, these housing market professionals will make it easy to take an informed approach to any open house, at any time.

A real estate agent will always keep you up to date about new residences as they become available. Also, if you are interested in homes in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will notify you about open houses in this area. And if you need extra help prepping for an open house, a real estate agent is happy to assist you in any way possible.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will help you submit an offer on a house, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and much more.

Be diligent as you get ready for an open house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully prepare for an open house.



24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048

Single-Family

$399,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
OPEN HOUSE ON SEPTEMBER 29th 11-12:30. Buy a house in Mansfield MA! Being Sold "AS IS". Needs TLC. Beautiful neighborhood setting and conveniently located just minutes to commuter rail, major highways and downtown. Located 40 miles south of Boston and 30 miles north of Providence, RI. Mansfield offers an outstanding school system and a great environment. Large fenced in yard, ideal for family gatherings, pets or perhaps a pool. 2 full bathrooms partially remodeled in the past year. Roof was replaced in 2016 and bulkhead in 2018. New kitchen floor. Stainless Steel refrigerator and dishwasher. New whole house fan. Partially finished basement. 4th bedroom currently being used as a Den. Bring your thoughts and ideas on how you could make this a fabulous home for you and your family. Come by and take a look!
Open House
Sunday
September 29 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048    Get Directions

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24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048

Single-Family

$410,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Buy a house in Mansfield MA! Being Sold "AS IS". Needs TLC. Beautiful neighborhood setting and conveniently located just minutes to commuter rail, major highways and downtown. Located 40 miles south of Boston and 30 miles north of Providence, RI. Mansfield offers an outstanding school system and a great environment. Large fenced in yard, ideal for family gatherings, pets or perhaps a pool. 2 full bathrooms partially remodeled in the past year. Roof was replaced in 2016 and bulkhead in 2018. New kitchen floor. Stainless Steel refrigerator and dishwasher. New whole house fan. Partially finished basement. 4th bedroom currently being used as a Den. Bring your thoughts and ideas on how you could make this a fabulous home for you and your family. Come by and take a look! 1ST SHOWING at HOUSE ON SUNDAY AUGUST 25 FROM 11-1pm.
Open House
Sunday
September 08 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048    Get Directions

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24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048

Single-Family

$417,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Buy a house in Mansfield MA! Being Sold "AS IS". Needs TLC. Beautiful neighborhood setting and conveniently located just minutes to commuter rail, major highways and downtown. Located 40 miles south of Boston and 30 miles north of Providence, RI. Mansfield offers an outstanding school system and a great environment. Large fenced in yard, ideal for family gatherings, pets or perhaps a pool. 2 full bathrooms partially remodeled in the past year. Roof was replaced in 2016 and bulkhead in 2018. New kitchen floor. Stainless Steel refrigerator and dishwasher. New whole house fan. Partially finished basement. 4th bedroom currently being used as a Den. Bring your thoughts and ideas on how you could make this a fabulous home for you and your family. Come by and take a look! 1ST SHOWING at HOUSE ON SUNDAY AUGUST 25 FROM 11-1pm.
Open House
Sunday
August 25 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Juniper Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048    Get Directions

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When you’re showing your home, you need to stage the home properly to impress buyers. Buyers need to be able to get an idea of what it would be like to live in the home. No matter what your own lifestyle is, or what problems you have had in the home, there are certain things that you probably don’t want to share with anyone who could be a potential buyer on a walk through. 


Any Kind Of Taxidermy


Although you may enjoy hunting and taxidermy, there are few things that creep out potential buyers more than seeing animals that were formerly alive hanging on your wall. It’s been shown that taxidermy often gives buyers a sense of dread and can creep them out. Yes, that bear rug may be comfy and quite the accomplishment, but not everyone will share the same sentiment as you. Be sure to get all of these animal displays out of your home when you’re getting ready to sell it and show the property.


Personal Collections That May Be A Bit On The Strange Side


It’s really cool if you want to collect dolls, clowns, or have some kind of a celebrity shrine in your home. It’s cool for you, that is. Keep these items to yourself, especially when the home is going to be shown. Any room that could be considered too full of any one kind of item should be redecorated slightly before a home showing. 


Weapons


Weapons are on the same spectrum as taxidermy. Many people may have differing opinions with you on the subject and it could creep some buyers out. If you have any kinds of guns or knives displayed in your home, you should put them away for showings. These items can make buyers feel very uncomfortable and leave them turned off by your home.       



Political Items


If you like to get political, know that many people who are potentially going to buy your home probably don’t share your views or interests. Keep any politically charged signs and organizational symbols out of view for the showing of your home. Buyers may not be able to relate, and in turn, end up being turned off by your home.     


Bug Traps Or Mouse Traps


We all have experienced bugs or mice in our homes at one time or another. When the house goes up for sale, you don’t want to advertise this by keeping any kinds of traps in view of buyers. People will get creeped out easily by the thought that pests have infested the home at some point. Although the home inspection will probably note that there was some type of a pest problem in the home, you don’t want to lose potential buyers because a mouse trap was in view.




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