Karen Adelson - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty


If you plan to buy a home in the near future, there is no harm in attending an open house. However, for those who want to get the most out of an open house, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to attend an open house.

1. Review the Home Listing

Although you may have already reviewed a home listing, it may be a good idea to take a second look at it. That way, you can double-check to ensure that a residence matches your expectations prior to attending an open house.

As you review a home listing, think about your short- and long-term plans too. If you believe a home corresponds with these plans, now may be the right time to check out this residence in-person.

2. Examine Your Homebuying Budget

When it comes to preparing to attend an open house, it may be beneficial to assess your homebuying budget. By doing so, you can ensure a residence falls within your price range.

Oftentimes, it helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you launch a home search. If you have a mortgage at your disposal, you'll know exactly how much you can spend on a home. And as a result, you can set up home showings and attend open houses for residences that match your budget.

3. Prepare a List of Questions

An open house provides an opportunity to walk around a residence and decide whether it is right for you. It also enables you to receive comprehensive insights into a home. Thus, you should put together a list of questions to ask during an open house.

Remember, there is no such thing as a "bad" question, especially if you're on the fence about buying a particular home. And if you enter an open house with a list of questions in hand, you'll be better equipped than ever before to determine whether to submit an offer to purchase.

Lastly, as you prepare to pursue your dream home, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can obtain expert guidance throughout the property buying journey.

A real estate agent can help you prepare for any open house, at any time. He or she first will meet with you, discuss your homebuying options and help you map out a homebuying strategy. Next, a real estate agent will set up home showings and keep you informed about open house events for residences in your preferred cities and towns. And if you discover your dream home, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase.

For those who want to take the guesswork out of buying a home, it helps to work with a real estate agent. Contact a local real estate agent today, and you can receive plenty of assistance as you search for your ideal residence.



88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$1,049,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
The charm of another era, with all the updates of today. You'll be delighted by this spacious, airy, and updated home as you enter from the charming front porch into a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Colonial. Great location walkable to trains, shops and restaurants with easy access to Rt. 128, a spectacular fenced yard stretches all the way back to the Spring St neighborhood. Inside, open spaces include formal living and dining rooms and a cheery, newly remodeled kitchen with quality custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite breakfast bar and island. This leads you to the dining area and family room with one wall of built-ins and one of windows overlooking the beautiful yard, deck, patio and 2-car garage. Three bedrooms and a study on the second floor include a dramatic master suite with skylights and picture window. The 3rd floor has 4th bedroom and full bath. There is space to expand in the partially finished, walk-out basement with full bath. This home fulfills your every need.
Open House
Saturday
June 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this beautifully updated home with porch in front and beautiful fenced yard in back running all the way to spring street to be part of a lovely quiet neighborhood. There is also a two car garage and plenty of parking
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Location: 88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494    Get Directions

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88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$1,049,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
The charm of another era, with all the updates of today. You'll be delighted by this spacious, airy, and updated home as you enter from the charming front porch into a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Colonial. Great location walkable to trains, shops and restaurants with easy access to Rt. 128, a spectacular fenced yard stretches all the way back to the Spring St neighborhood. Inside, open spaces include formal living and dining rooms and a cheery, newly remodeled kitchen with quality custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite breakfast bar and island. This leads you to the dining area and family room with one wall of built-ins and one of windows overlooking the beautiful yard, deck, patio and 2-car garage. Three bedrooms and a study on the second floor include a dramatic master suite with skylights and picture window. The 3rd floor has 4th bedroom and full bath. There is space to expand in the partially finished, walk-out basement with full bath. This home fulfills your every ne
Open House
Saturday
June 08 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494    Get Directions

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88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$1,049,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
The charm of another era, with all the updates of today. You'll be delighted by this spacious, airy, and updated home as you enter from the charming front porch into a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath Colonial. Great location walkable to trains, shops and restaurants with easy access to Rt. 128, a spectacular fenced yard stretches all the way back to the Spring St neighborhood. Inside, open spaces include formal living and dining rooms and a cheery, newly remodeled kitchen with quality custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite breakfast bar and island. This leads you to the dining area and family room with one wall of built-ins and one of windows overlooking the beautiful yard, deck, patio and 2-car garage. Three bedrooms and a study on the second floor include a dramatic master suite with skylights and picture window. The 3rd floor has 4th bedroom and full bath. There is space to expand in the partially finished, walk-out basement with full bath. This home fulfills your every ne
Open House
Saturday
June 08 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 88 High Street, Needham, MA 02494    Get Directions

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When you’re selling your home, things can get really busy, really fast. You want your home to be in tip top shape to give it the best chance of selling in a timely manner. There are a few things you can do in a short time frame that allows you to spruce up your home without breaking a sweat. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you bring your home to another level of wow before the open house. 


Check Your Front Door


All you really need to do is put a fresh coat of paint on your front door to brighten the look of your entryway. There’s something about a freshly painted front door that really makes a home look like new. 


Spruce Up The Landscaping


You can really do a minimal amount in your yard and make your home curb-appeal ready. Just rake some leaves, add some mulch, mow the lawn, and voila. It might be an all day project, but in the end, it will be worth it. As long as people have a good view and feel that your yard has been taken care of, the outside of your home is in the clear for an open house.  


Check The Outdoor Lights


Even though an open house will be happening in the daylight hours, people may be curious that there is adequate lighting on the outside of your home. Buyers can either check this while they are at the open house or they could go a step further and drive by the property at night. Adequate lighting allows for a sense of security and safety all throughout the outside of the property.  


Care For The Mailbox


Few places in your home are as neglected as the mailbox is. Add some fresh paint to your mailbox. You can use the same color as your front door for consistency. At the very least, clean up the mailbox to give it a better appearance. Make sure your house number is present somewhere on the box as well. This helps the property to have a sense of being a bit more inviting. People will also be able to find your home easier. 


Make Use Of Flowers


You should place flowers around your home on the day of the open house. Add a fresh cut bouquet to the kitchen table. Bring some potted plants and florals around your entryway. These simple touches really can make an impression when potential buyers visit your home. 


Remove Your Personal Stuff

From the outside in, traces of your life in the home should be put away. This means pet items, toys, games, photos, and celebrity shrines. The more free space a buyer has to envision themselves living in the home, the better.          


With these small extra touches, your open house is bound to be a success!