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Open House Etiquette

Open House Etiquette

Open House Etiquette

Open House Etiquette

To Do and Not to Do

An open house means many different things to people.  It can be a way in for a nosey neighbour, it can be an outing for the bored adventurers, or it can be the opportunity to begin a new lifestyle.  It can be the new couple looking for the house to start a family, it can be the empty nesters looking for a more simplified life or it can be the family chasing a career.  Whether you fall into one of those categories or have other intentions remember that you are entering someone else’s home.  You need to remember that until the sale is final, and the keys are yours, it is not your home and therefore you need to show the same respect you would expect from a guest in your home.   We here at Stomp Realty Inc (416) 366-3033 have put together a few tips for you to follow when you are attending an open house.


You are there to tour the house and that does mean that you will want to inspect the rooms, closets and cupboards but if there is a closed door, check with the listing agent.  It only takes a moment but shows respect.

Patience is a Virtue.

If you are touring a home during an open house and there are already people in a particular area or room, allow them to finish in the room before you enter.  It is hard to be able to take in an area if you are all piling in and standing in front of aspects of the room.  When it is your turn, be courteous to those waiting behind you and peruse the space and move on.

Camera Shy?

You may be so very excited and wish to record the adventure so that you will be able to recall details when you have ended your tour.  This can be advantageous to be able to recall and compare if you are attending more than one open house in a day.  The proper protocol for that would be to ask permission to do so before you start flashing like a star-struck paparazzi.  This is someone’s home and their lives and privacy must be adhered too.  If you have been told that a modest photo/recording is acceptable remember that it is only for personal reference and should be treated with respect.


You must remember that you are there to tour the home, not try out the furniture.  You have been invited to look at the home, not take a breather and stretch out on the couch or try that new bed in a box you have seen on television.  Unless you have been expressly invited to sit on the furniture it is not part of the tour.  Many homes these days are staged for sale and that could include rented furniture for the open house and are look but don’t touch as they need to be returned in pristine condition.

If you don’t have something nice to say….

There will always be things that you like and there will be things that you don’t like.  While you are touring someone else’s home, it is inappropriate to criticize.  If you have an opinion that you would like to discuss regarding, paint, wallpaper or overall lifestyle décor, wait until you have left to do so as you never know if you have been overheard.  You would not want to risk offending someone, especially if you are interested in the property.  You are always free to change to suit your tastes after you have moved in.

Mind Your Manners

Always remember to be polite, “hello, please, thank you and good-bye” are small words but leave a large and lasting impression on the sellers and agents alike.  Just as you would like to be respected in your home, it is courteous to extend such pleasantries.

Looking for the perfect home should be the beginning of something wonderful and a great real estate agent can help you find what you are seeking.  We here at Stomp Realty Inc. (416) 366-3033 can help you in your search.  Let us help you to find the lifestyle that you are searching for.

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