There was a little article in Parade Magazine's column, Intelligence Report, this morning (Feb. 3, 2008) that discusses the fact that home purchasers in California are occasionally asking to spend the night in a home before writing a contract.
I have often advised my purchasers to go to a neighborhood at several different times (early am, rush hour, school dismissal) to get a REAL feel for the area. I am a strong believer in the fact that you can't see how a neighborhood lives if you see it at 11:00 am on a weekday.
I doubt any of my current clients would go so far as to ask for a 'sleep-over,' but I love the idea! There are always little, quirky things about a home that you don't discover until you move in (water pressure problems when multiple showers are running, delay in hot water to bathrooms, etc.).
On the flip side, unfortunately, while you would learn these things, I suspect our society would turn the graciousness of the owners in to a way to ask for more in the contract. Additonally, it would be hard for some people to get past the owners 'stuff,' if they had to be with it for 12 hours.
I wonder if this would be a plus or a minus for sellers? And buyers? Would you want to sleep-over? Would you want your clients to?