Important Details To Check At An Open House

Open houses may be staged to look like a home decor dream, but don’t let that distract you from the real reason you’re there: to potentially buy a home. Make sure you can look past the neatly arranged furniture and focus solely on whether the house would be a good fit for you and your family. To help, here’s our home buyers’ checklist of 7 things you might miss at first glance:

1. Windows – Check if they are facing the right direction to let sunlight in, and whether they open to a nice view (versus directly toward another neighbour’s window).

2. Under the Sink Cabinets – Check for possible signs of water damage due to leaky plumbing.

3. Electrical Outlets – Are there enough outlets for the appliances and other electronics you’ll be using? If not, you can decide if that’s a renovation you’d like to make.

4. Storage Space – Don’t just look to see if there’s enough closet space, look at closet placement to ensure it doesn’t take away from the room. Check that storage is also in a convenient location.

5. Under the Rugs – Lift up any rugs to check the condition of the floor underneath.

6. Attic – If the house has one make sure it’s well insulated.

7. Water Spouts – Runoff from the gutters should be pointed away from the house, so take a step outside to see if this is the case.

Now you have a starting point of items to look at during an open house, so you can determine which other details are most important in your dream home.

I would be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have about buying a home. Call Diane at 613-837-3800


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Diane DeCooman

Diane DeCooman

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CENTURY 21 Action Power Team Ltd., Brokerage*
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