If you’re searching for a new home, even casually, you might visit a few Open Houses. They are a convenient way to view properties for sale.

However, people often make the mistake of being too casual when attending an Open House. For example, a couple might drop by an Open House, look around briefly, and then leave. As a result, they may not get a clear idea of whether or not the property is right for them. They may miss other crucial details as well.

So, if you’re thinking of moving and intend to visit Open Houses, treat them as you would a private viewing appointment. Take your time and explore the property thoroughly. Bring a checklist of things you need and want in your next home. Notice any potential issues, particularly involving needed repairs and upgrades. Ask lots of questions.

Depending on the market, that Open House visit may be the primary way to get information on the property. So, you want to make the most of it.

Of course, if you find you’re really interested in the listing, make a private appointment, if possible, to get an even closer look.

Ultimately, you want to learn enough about the property to make an informed decision about whether or not to make an offer.