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5 Things You Want to Look For When Attending an Open House

Amanda Marcum

Amanda graduated in August 2007 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Geological Sciences and a minor in Health Sciences...

Amanda graduated in August 2007 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Geological Sciences and a minor in Health Sciences...

Oct 15 2 minutes read

Attending an Open House is the perfect opportunity to see a home that you’ve had your eye on, up close and personal. There’s no better way to determine if you’d like to make an offer on a home than walking around it, checking out the rooms, seeing the counter tops for yourself (for example!), and imagining your family in that space. Use your time wisely and be sure to check out these 5 things while you are attending the Open House.

  • Inspect the baseboards for staining or warping. This could indicate past flooding or water damage. You’ll also want to look up and check the ceiling for stains. This also could be a sign of water damage and a leaking roof.
  • If you see tiny black spots in cabinets under the sinks, that is mold. Be sure to open cabinets and look towards the back wall!
  • Check the windows throughout the house to make sure that there is no condensation that has built up inside. If there is, that most likely means that the windows are leaking and will need to be replaced.
  • Scope out the neighbors. This is your chance to really envision what it might be like to live in this home. Do they have dogs that bark all day? Is their home well kept? Is their yard overrun with weeds? While these might not be deal-breakers for you, they are things to keep in mind when making your decision!
  • Don’t forget the exterior. Walk around the outside of the home to look for peeling paint, the condition of the gutters, and if the roof looks like it will need to be replaced.

A dedicated Buyer’s Agent can help you navigate the home buying process to make sure that you are checking out these things (and more!). We’d love to help you with your home search. Contact us here to get started!

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