Visiting Open Houses in Houston, TX

Each weekend, prospective home buyers attend Open Houses and preview homes listed for sale in Houston, TX.  The schedule convenience coupled by the showing feasibility allows for buyers to preview multiple homes with little to no pressure.  It almost feels like window shopping to see the latest in home remodeling, weird HGTV self-improved spaces and manicured landscapings. Most buyers go to Open Houses to compare homes in areas that would suit them.  Here are a few things that can be useful for your Open House Previewing:

1. Have a notepad and pencil/pen accessible.

Take a notepad (scratch paper later gets tossed away) to jot down quick information about the property that will help you with distinguish from the few properties you intend to see for the day. Takes as many notes as possible at every house you visit. If you are graphically inclined, do a sketch of the house while you are there so you know if the house layout is something to consider for your future needs. It is easy to forget which home had which features if you are previewing multiple homes.

2. Take a digital camera.

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words. A digital camera allows you to compare different homes you visited while at an Open House when you are in the comfort of your own home. Take a picture of the kitchen, bathrooms and exterior areas. Make sure you take a picture of the front exterior as you walk into the house for reference. I find it easier to take a picture of the natural flow of the house versus random pictures of the property. Take a picture of the address for quick reference later.

3. Ask for a property brochure or property flyer.

Having a property brochure will help you reference the property when you get home. Most property brochures will provide information such as square footage, MLS number, taxes, room measurements and property pictures. Search the property on the Houston Multiple Listing Service through our website when you get home and save the properties that most interested you. We will then provide you additional information or research the market activity on your behalf. 

4. Establish the five most important criteria for your new home.

Before you start previewing homes, write a list of the five most important criteria for your perfect home. Let's call this your Top 5 Must Have's in the property. This will help narrow the many Open Houses available in your search area according to the criteria that is most important to you. Don't waste your time with homes that don't fit your search criteria.

5. Scout and evaluate the neighborhoods.

Drive the neighborhoods that most interest you. Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on weekends. Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards well cared for; are parked cars in good condition, etc. Look for things like access to major thoroughfares, highways, and shopping. Evaluate the noise in the areas of interest to see if you are comfortable with it such as major intersections, traffic sounds, railroads, etc. Check with local civic, police, fire, and school officials to find information about the area. Look at traffic patterns around the area during different times of the day and drive from the area to work. Find out if the neighborhood is near parks, churches, recreation centers, shopping, theaters, restaurants, public transportation, schools with Satellite Area Maps. Use our website to define how walkable the neighborhood is. Find out if the neighborhood belongs to a Homeowner’s Association. Compare the neighborhood and community statistics with the Community Information Report.

6. Do your research with the County Appraisal Districts.

Go to the Harris County Appraisal District website and look at the homes you plan to preview over the weekend. Tax information is public information and will provide you with useful information such as year built, square footage of the improvement, lot size, lot dimensions, tax rates, number of rooms and bathrooms, etc. Sometimes, the Appraisal District websites do not have completely accurate information when homes have been improved and additional square footage added. Other Appraisal Distrcts near the Greater Houston Area are the Fort Bend Appraisal Distrct and the Brazoria County Appraisal District.

7. Ask if a Home Warranty will be provided with the house.

Home Warranties protect both the Buyers and Sellers. A Home Warranty protects you and your loved ones living with you against financial setbacks due to costly repair or replacement of covered appliances and major systems. Home Warranty policies are not total replacement rembursements but they provide a credit towards covered items when they cannot be repaired. This helps when needing to buy new appliances or even a condenser unit. The Home Warranty protects the seller during the listing period and the buyer for a full year, beginning the day of closing. With so many unknowns, a Home Warranty gives you peace-of-mind. Most home warranties range $350-700 for initial protection plans for homes under 4,000 sq. ft. Homes larger than 4,000 are generally more expensive but a very good idea and a negotiating factor when placing an offer.

8. Take a tape measure!

A tape measure can eliminate possible doubts and save you alot of future questions about furniture placement and your specific design compatability. Does your bed frame fit in the master bedroom? Does the breakfast table fit properly? Would you need to purchase new furniture for this house?

9. Preview pictures online!

Preview pictures online before you decide to see the home. Check to see if the house is available through our website via our Home Search Portal. We provide real-time data from the Houston Multiple Listing Service. Check to see if there are any virtual tours or picture slideshow for the properties you plan to preview during your Open House.

10. Tell them you are working with an agent.

In Texas, the Seller's Agent represents the Seller and must place the interest of the Seller first. This means that they do not represent you or your best interests. Anything you discuss with them provides a tactical and negotiation advantage to the Seller. We would welcome the opportunity to represent you as your Buyer's Agent. We can schedule a complimentary in-person or Zoom meeting with you to show you how we sell homes. Most of the properties we send you through our system already includes our Buyer Agent Commission! This means that we have already procured our Agent Commission for homes we send you through the Multiple Listing Service. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Schedule a Buyer Appointment with us this week by telling us what you are searching for in a home in the Greater Houston Area.

We would love the opportunity to earn your business. Feel free to contact us via our Contact Form on our website or call us at 713-970-1032.

Open Houses in the next few days:

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Open 10/30
14726 Ridgechase Ln Houston, TX 77014
$305,000
Subdivision: Torrey Pines Sec 01
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,076
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
1
Day on Site
38618712
MLS
Step into this stunning and meticulously designed custom 2 story 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home that is perfect for family and/or entertaining. You will fall in love with the grand entrance that flows...
Open 10/30
11 Hollyflower Place The Woodlands, TX 77375
$1,150,000
Subdivision: Village Of Creekside Park
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,656
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
2
Days on Site
45624480
MLS
Outstanding Mediterranean style home in a beautiful neighborhood of Creekside Park. With 4 beds, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage, study, a downstairs Media room, upstairs gameroom, pool & spa, this home...
Open 10/30
10126 Lakeside Gables Dr Houston, TX 77065
$399,900
Subdivision: Windermere Lakes
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,291
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
2
Days on Site
87336963
MLS
Situated in the highly renowned waterfront community of Windermere Lakes, this pristinely remodeled 4/2 home is priced to sell and won't last long! Interior features of this masterfully planned home...
Open 10/31
741 Sue Barnett Dr Houston, TX 77018
$850,000
Subdivision: Garden Oaks Sec 02
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,635
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
2
Days on Site
86149381
MLS
Beautiful 3 bed / 2.5 bath in sought after Garden Oaks. Well maintained by the original owners. Mature trees and landscape on large lot. High ceilings, wood floors, plantation shutters, recessed...
Open 10/30
6006 Spellman Rd Houston, TX 77096
$349,900
Subdivision: Westbury Sec 05
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,652
Sq.Ft.
1964
Year Built
2
Days on Site
8966267
MLS
Don't miss this beautiful remodeled open concept one story home in Westbury! Never flooded per seller!! Home is zoned to Parker Elementary and has been updated throughout including a brand new roof...
Open 10/30
8303 Lorrie Dr Houston, TX 77025
$850,000
Subdivision: Knollwood Village
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,478
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
2
Days on Site
82269277
MLS
Refined, refreshed and ready for new owners! 8303 Lorrie was designed with an amazing floorplan, hardwoods down, and high ceilings. Lorrie is further enhanced with fresh landscaping, paint, counters...
Open 10/30
3414 Mcmahon Way Way Missouri City, TX 77459
$332,000
Subdivision: Sienna Village Of Shipmans Landing Sec 2
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,654
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
2
Days on Site
88052432
MLS
COMING SOON. Welcome home to this gorgeous traditional home in masterplanned community of Sienna. This home welcomes you with high ceilings and a curved staircase.
Open 10/30
720 Stonewall Jackson Dr Conroe, TX 77302
$350,000
Subdivision: River Plantation
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,950
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
2
Days on Site
16530731
MLS
Rare stay-cation home on a 1.1acres lot, spacious open floor plan and an inground pool looking out to the golf course! Nestle in River Plantation Subdivision, this updated 2 story, 4 bedroom has it...
Open 10/31
10714 Cranbrook Rd Houston, TX 77042
$535,000
Subdivision: Walnut Bend Sec 08
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,735
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
2
Days on Site
18042955
MLS
Beautifully renovated home in the heart of Walnut Bend. (Please see a full list of updates in saved public docs of this listing + NEW ROOF & DP WINDOWS Oct. 2021. A welcoming entrance opens up into...
Open 10/30
14000 Red River Dr Baytown, TX 77523
$401,964
Subdivision: River Farms
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,584
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
2
Days on Site
87769525
MLS
The Willard II plan has everything you could want and more! This stunning single story home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a two car attached garage on a corner lot. Convenient activity room located off...
Open 10/30
6027 Camellia St Houston, TX 77007
$895,000
Subdivision: Glen Cove
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,224
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
2
Days on Site
27754918
MLS
This is one of few remaining original homes close to Memorial Park. Super close to the Galleria and Downtown, Golf, swimming, jogging trails and tennis all only minutes away. Property has original...
Open 10/30
2502 Big Vine Ct Missouri City, TX 77459
$524,900
Subdivision: Sienna Village Of Destrehan Sec 5
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,125
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
2
Days on Site
20914771
MLS
Sienna Village Gem with beautiful updates throughout! This single-story residence is located on a spacious CORNER lot and features a beautiful traditional facade, a bright and open floor plan, and...

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