With an increase of open houses during this spring season, buyers are ready to go with their list of open houses they want to visit. Perhaps you are one of these hungry buyers. Your list of homes probably comprises of your favorite homes you’ve viewed online. You have the number of bedrooms and bathrooms confirmed, along with the kitchen style you prefer, and perhaps it includes a view of a pool. All the online pictures provided a good introduction to the homes you want to visit. Yet, nothing beats an actual visit to the house to really obtain a feel for it, verify what you saw online is aligned with what you see physically. Although the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen all seem in sync with what you saw online, here are some additional tips to consider when making your open house visit.
If you’ve been in a relationship with a prospective lifetime mate, you’ve heard the advice, and sayings that refer to “meeting the family, because they’re part of the package.” The Same principle applies when purchasing a home. You do get the neighborhood with your home. So what do you look for?:
- What are the conditions of the neighbor’s homes and landscape?
- What’s the traffic flow like? (You may want to check to see with Waze if your street is considered an alternative traffic route during rush hour.)
- Are there kids playing outside?
- Are there any loud pets?
- Does the block have sidewalks available?
- What’s the parking like for guests?
Besides viewing and confirming a home’s style, features, and amenities are in sync with what you viewed online, you also want to consider the following during your open house visit:
- If you look out from the master bedroom window are you staring right into your neighbor’s bedroom or bathroom?
- Does your backyard allow you some form of privacy?
- What’s the condition of the home’s gutters?
- Are there any roofing problems?
- Has the roof been comprised before?
- Does the home need a paint job due to some chipping?
- Any issues with the windows (i.e. open-&-closing)
- Inquire about past plumbing issues
These are just a few items consider. Attending open houses can be fun as you have an opportunity to visualize you in your new home, and find the “one.” Make sure you see as many houses as you can before making your final decision. Sometimes the “feel” of a home becomes the final deciding factor.
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