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Ms Property Melbourne’s Open For Inspection Tip 1

Tip one – Make a list & Check it Twice

Know where you are going –

Is the house still available –

Plan the trip

How long will it take to get to the first property, to get to the next house, what will the traffic be like, how much petrol will you need, where are the petrol stations?

There are some fantastic apps out there that will enable you to plan your itinerary. The Domain app is simple to use, and you can star the homes you want to see, click the Inspection Planner and the app will schedule the opens in order of open time AND give you the directions.

The Google Map app will let you know if there are any traffic problems and will usually give you an alternate route with a time frame.

Looking the homes up on the Friday night, plotting times for a break – coffee, lunch, loo. If you know where you are going and plan well, you will be more relaxed and the day can be enjoyable. If you plan on getting to each open at the start time you will have time to have a good look around and know whether you want to pursue the home, go back for a second look or reject it.

When you get home, review the homes inspected, go through your criteria list and see which boxes each home ticks. The brochure and floorplan will aid your memory. This is tricky to do when you are actually at the open as you don’t get time to sense whether the home feels like a good fit. There are usually other people around and if you are focused on a list then you may miss things as you move around people.

A second inspection is a good opportunity to tick needs and wants off the list. First inspection wander around and see if you can imagine living there. What would it feel like to arrive home, bring in the shopping, entertain etc. The second inspection will give you a better idea of whether you have found ‘the One’.

It is frustrating for you, frustrating for the seller and frustrating for the agent if you are running late to the open because you are lost, got delayed in traffic or run out of petrol.

Many agents will not answer their phone during an open – they will be busy answering questions and focused on the buyers at the house. You could try texting them and asking if they can stay late but do not expect a positive answer. Saturdays are busy days, often run to a tight schedule. If they can stay, they will but don’t get cranky because you have failed to plan.

Is the home in an unfamiliar area? Then you really need to plan. Sometimes roads don’t actually exist or no longer continue through. There may be road works, detours – basically, give yourself plenty of time to get from one open to the next.

Is the house still available? Is it still open? Call/sms the agent the afternoon before. The home may be Sold, Under Contract or Under Offer.

Understand the Difference

Under Offer – is there an opportunity for you to make an offer too? If so, when will offers be closing? How does their offer process work? Can the agent email you a Section 32?

Is the Contract Conditional? This means that there are conditions that need to be satisfied before the Contract becomes Unconditional.

Ask the agent what the Contract is subject to, they may not tell you but if you don’t ask you won’t know. Conditions such as Subject to Finance, Subject to Building Inspection and Subject to Pest Inspection are the most common. They all have a time frame in which to be completed. Finance is often 2 weeks, building and pest 7 days (this can vary, they can also be extended subject to agreement of both parties).

Is it an Unconditional Contract? This means that there are NO Conditions – not subject to finance, not subject to building inspection, not subject to pest inspection. Nada. Then it may still be subject to ‘Cooling Off’ – 3 clear business days since the buyer signed the contract. If you really want the house then check in with the agent.

Under Contract – if the offer has been accepted and contracts signed then the house has been SOLD. You cannot make an offer.

Keep in touch with the agent, make sure they are fully aware of your interest. Do not rely on the agent to contact you. Do not try and bluff or say you are still looking or may no longer be interested; the agent may just take you at your word.

A vital part of the buying process is identifying who the lead agent is. Who will present offers to the owner, who has control of the process? If you are dealing with anyone else in the agency then you will have to ensure that your offer and your story is strong, your agent is aware of it and your agent will present your offer to the listing/lead agent in its best possible light. This is not as important at an auction when the Auctioneer takes the lead.

If you are unsure or need advice about any aspect of the buying or selling process then please contact Ms Property Melbourne on 0447 591 754 or You can also contact us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

For further information please call or email Carol on 0447 591 754 or for your confidential discussion.

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