How to attend an open house

It can be a lot of fun to attend open house events and begin getting a feel for what you want in your next home! There are certain things you should always remember to do in order to maximize your time during an open house. First, always ask your Realtor for an open house checklist to help you stay focused! If you would like a copy of the one I send my clients, email me at and I'll send it right over!

The eight things I suggest you carefully look at during an open house are:

The neighborhood!

Take notice of whether the neighbors are out, scope out the yards near the home you're touring. Are there dogs? A lot of toys left out? Maybe you notice a lot of grills and outdoor furniture. Even if you don't have children, drive to the neighborhood school after you leave an open house to get a feel for distance and walkability.


Take note of the gutters (if it's raining, check the drain rate) and siding. Is the paint in good shape and how about the siding? Shut the front door when you enter (does it shut solidly and with no daylight showing through?)


Open the drawers and closets to check for depth, width, issues with handles, etc. and look UP while you preview the home, scoping out any water stains on the ceilings.


What is the natural light like throughout the home?

Electric Panels!

Depending on the age of the home, ask the open house agent when the electric panels were updated.


Check out the parking opportunities. Is there assigned parking, or ample street parking?


Look past the staging and current decor of the home. Imagine your things in each room.

Water Pressure!

Flush a toilet and turn on a faucet to gauge the water pressure situation.


This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it will give you a place to start, and a way to stay focused during open house events. If you have any questions or need to find a trusted real estate professional, no matter where you live, feel free to reach out using the contact form below!

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OPEN HOUSE 18540 Sandpiper Pl Leesburg VA

  18540 Sandpiper Pl Leesburg

Elegant Mitchell & Best Westport II model home with a grand stone front and water views of the 5th hole inside of the private River Creek Golf Community!

Enjoy the premium .57 acre lot at 18540 Sandpiper Place with a custom deck, gazebo with hot tub and space for a pool, great for summer bbq and parties! Gorgeous chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and island opens to the family room and dining room, perfect for entertaining.

LO8604236 - 18540 Sandpiper Pl

Work or study from home in the private office with French doors.Two-story foyer with overlook from large loft, great as a play area or study. Luxurious master suite with gas fireplace, sitting room, and a spa-like bath with vaulted ceilings, separate soaking tub and stylish tile floor. Lower level with media room, exercise room, rec room with wet bar and an additional full bath, great for guests. Spacious 3 car garage for extra storage. Enjoy a ton of great amenities while being in the highly-sought after gated golf community!

River Creek Club is the Washington, D.C. area’s first private, gated country club community. The 600-acre planned community, with a championship Ault-Clark 18-hole golf course, borders the Potomac River and provides breathtaking views from its balcony. At River Creek, you will find a friendly and comfortable haven to escape. Members can play golf or tennis, work out in the fitness center, swim, enjoy the cuisine or socialize at many Member events.

From casual dining to over-the-top gourmet dinners, private tennis, golf and fitness lessons, clubs within the Club and wi-fi access in the main clubhouse, River Creek is designed to meet the needs of its diverse membership. The separate swim, tennis and fitness clubhouse offers a casual atmosphere to relax adjacent to a snack bar that is open for seasonal dining.

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