‘Weirdest thing’: The dos and don’ts of open homes

WITH dozens of potential buyers turning up at open homes throughout Cairns, manners are important.

What’s okay to do during a visit to an open home, and what’s not?

A certain amount of prodding and poking is only to be expected – but there’s an etiquette at play.

Ray White Cairns Beaches agent Matthew Pearce said respecting the open house time frame was key.

“It is very rude for a potential buyer to show up two minutes before the end of an open home,” he said.

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Ray White Cairns Beaches agent Matthew Pearce shows Nicole Barry through a property at 49 Seaside Parade, Argentea Estate at Palm Cove. Picture: Isaac McCarthy.

Providing honest feedback is okay.

“Don’t be afraid to give constructive criticism – this helps the agent and therefore the vendor see the property through a prospective buyer’s eyes,” Mr Pearce said.

Giving false information is no-go.

“You are entering somebody’s home, and therefore should provide your full names and contact details,” Mr Pearce said, adding that Queensland would likely soon follow other states, where photo ID was required.

Using the toilet is okay – but keep in mind it could be unpleasant for others looking through the property.

It is acceptable to check if anything is broken or squeaks, and it’s fine to use a tape measure to check dimensions if you’re considerate about it.

Ray White Cairns Beaches agent Matthew Pearce shows Nicole Barry through a property at 49 Seaside Parade, Argentea Estate at Palm Cove. Picture: Isaac McCarthy.

It’s fine to take notes.

Get the okay from the agent before taking photos or video.

It’s okay to sit on the couch or at the kitchen counter to “get a feel” for the home – but forget about sitting on a bed.

What’s considered rude?

Loudly criticising the place, or the owner’s style, as you walk through it is bad form.

Relaxed weekend wear is fine, but don’t bring coffee and don’t come barefoot – even in Cairns.

Likewise, don’t bring kids with muddy sports shoes, regardless of how busy you are. And don’t let kids run around unsupervised – it’s not your home, at least, not yet.

And don’t snoop.

Ray White Cairns Beaches agent Matthew Pearce shows Nicole Barry through a property at 49 Seaside Parade, Argentea Estate at Palm Cove. Picture: Isaac McCarthy.

It’s okay to open cupboards and wardrobes to gauge their size – but don’t poke around among someone’s personal belongings.

Eavesdropping on others is out, and its best to wait for others to exit a room before you enter.

Definitely do not bring pets.

Remember the agent is there doing a job for the owner, and be polite.

Mr Pearce said the strangest thing that had happened at an open house for his agency was someone turning up dressed completely as Dolly Parton.

Real Estate Agent Alison Grose from said she had a few very unexpected instances when trying to sell a house.

Ray White Cairns Beaches agent Matthew Pearce shows Nicole Barry through a property at 49 Seaside Parade, Argentea Estate at Palm Cove. Picture: Isaac McCarthy.

“The funniest thing that ever happened to me, I was selling this house in Bayview, it was coming close to settlement and the seller had rolled up all the lawn”.

“I also had a shower head stolen, that was the weirdest thing, I’ve never had anything stolen in my 30 years of real estate. He must’ve thrown it over the fence.”

-ADDITIONAL REPORTING by Georgia Clelland

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