6 Things To Look For When Attending An Open House

If you’re on the hunt for a new home, that may involve visiting one, two, or half a dozen open houses.

Some home buyers choose to visit attends houses even if they aren’t immediately ready to purchase a home. It gives them an idea of what the market has to offer when their time to purchase does come along. 

Whatever your reason for frequenting open houses, it’s important that you are looking for and noticing the right things so  you can make an informed decision. 

If you are working with a realtor they will likely draw your attention to these items, but for those who are navigating the residential real estate waters on their own, here are six things you should pay close attention to during an open house: 

  1.  The Neighbours And Neighbourhood – When you buy a house, you also are buying the neighbourhood and the people in it. So, take the time to walk down the street and check out how well homes are maintained, traffic on the street, transit options if that’s important to you and demographics. If you have little kids, it’s wise to investigate how child-friendly the street is.
  2.  The Exterior – Before or after touring the inside, walk around the perimeter of the home and check the foundation, eavestroughs, condition of walkways, decks and patios, paint on window sills and/or siding, etc. 
  3.  The Walls – Inside, keep a close eye on the walls. Nail holes and paint in need of an update are cosmetic. Any signs of major cracking could be an indication of structural problems.  
  4.  Any Smells – Believe it or not, nasty odours rank as one of the top factors in deterring a home sale. Strong smells from pets, tobacco and food scents can be a major turn off and might not be as easy to eradicate as you think. In some situations, it may be necessary to remove carpet and window coverings and paint walls to get rid of strong smells. 
  5.  The Big Ticket Items – Ask the listing salesperson about the age of the roof, furnace, plumbing, electrical and windows if not included in the feature sheet. These are all costly upgrades that some buyers might not want to be burdened with. 
  6.  Overall cleaniness – Take a peek along baseboards, in closets, behind toilets and in window tracks for dirt. A home that is clean is likely a home that has been well cared for! 
Vickie Cooper and Associates host open houses almost every weekend. Visit our Open Houses page, or add to your name to our 'alerts' and we'll notify you when a home in your area is for sale. 

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