When looking for a new home, be smart. Don’t only passively observe, but look for the important things especially when you could potentially be making the biggest purchase of your life.In many cases, and more so in competitive markets as the one we are in, you will often walk into an open house that has been staged with expensive, stylish furniture, deep cleaned and maybe even a fresh coat of paint. Don’t be fooled.
Follow these steps provided by realtor.com to look beyond the glamour.
1. Too much scent – The more aggressive the scent, the greater the likelihood the seller is trying to mask a more offensive odor.
2. Poor tiling – Poor tiling could indicate a DIY job that was done poorly. This may indicate other fixes that were done poorly
3. Foundation Issues
4. Signs of deferred maintenance
5. Nearby water – Nearby water might look appealing, but always consider the possibility of flooding
6. Wonky windows
7. Signs of mold or a musty smell
8. Water damage – Discoloration on the ceilings or walls
9. Cosmetic enhancements like caulking used to fill-in wall cracks. Also lift under area rugs, look behind appliances, etc.
10. Improper ventilation – rooms that are unusually cold or warm