View Open Houses With Open Eyes

 
You have decided to take that first step toward purchasing a home and, with excitement, start visiting the list of Open Houses that you selected. Remaining objective can be a difficult task when viewing an open house. It is easy to fall in love with a home's appearance, blind to problems that may make it unsuitable. While aesthetics can be an important consideration, it is necessary to look beyond window-dressing.

Before you make the decision to submit a Promise to Purchase on a home and go to the expense of hiring a qualified home inspector, there are areas that you can examine on your own. This will help you to prioritize the homes that you are interested in so that when you do make that offer, it will reduce the likelihood that a home inspector will find too many defects. Here are some considerations and common problem areas to look for when touring an open house.

  

General Upkeep - Look for cracks above door frames. This may indicate that the foundation is shifting.

 

Water Leaks – Check the ceilings for brown stains and paint bubbling. This may indicate water infiltration.

 

Does it Work? The buyer may be including appliances but check if they are in good working order. This goes for the air-conditioning system as well.

 

Floors - Observe if the floors are straight or are they dipping in the corners. Be sure that laminate floors are not lifting.

 

Doors & Windows – In winter, check for drafts and frosted window panes. This might indicate that the windows are not installed or insulated properly and will impact heating expenses.

 

Poor Drainage -  Make sure to ask about the age of rain gutters if present and check to see that they empty far away from the house to prevent water leaking into basements.

 

Grout & Caulking – Check for deterioration and discoloration which may indicate mold.

 

Does it meet your needs of size – The home may be beautiful and in good condition but remember to be aware of cupboard and storage space.

With these things in mind, you can visit an open house with open eyes and make an informed decision as to whether or not to go ahead with an offer.

 

 

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