Buying a home for the first time? Well, it’s no joke. It comes with big responsibility and commitment, so it is very important that you exercise good judgement and meticulously check the property before you purchase. And that’s the reason why you need to take full advantage of your open house tour.
Most would agree that while a picture may speak a thousand words, to see it physically can reveal much more. And to give you a perspective of why open house tours can be a great idea, here is how it will benefit you as a home buyer. You will…
- Learn from the crowd
- Have an opportunity to assess prices in the area
- Be able to check and see the number of people who visited (a great number can indicate a competitive market)
- Get a chance to ask questions about the community
- Find out from the agent about the home’s sales history
- Gather information about past renovations and more
So if you are planning to embark on an open house adventure soon, remember this: Do not go in blind. Be effective by focusing on these vital areas of the property while doing your open house tour:
A kitchen may have a gleaming state-of-the-art basin but are you aware of what’s underneath? When doing a home tour, try to take a good look at the pipes to make sure that they are in good shape. Examine the inside of cabinets for any signs of leaking or rust or if there is an ample cupboard space. Also, feel free to turn on the water.
Even though bathrooms may likely be one of the smallest rooms in a home, it can have an impact on the property’s value. During inspection, be sure to check the water pressure by running the bathroom sink and flushing the toilet at the same time. A low water flow may indicate plumbing issues. Water stains in a bathroom may also be a sign that the shower or sink is leaking. Determine if the tiles and grout are in good condition, if there is any trace of mold, and if the faucets and shower head function well.
Bedrooms are certainly a top priority because this is where you will spend a solid eight hours of your day. Open up shelves and check to see if rods are in decent shape and roomy enough to hold your clothes. Is there enough light in the room? A dark room can be such a big put off. Try to roll the rug up to check out the surfaces below. You may be surprised to see a slew of problems from water-stained wood to cracked floor tiles to peeling linoleum.
If you do get down to the basement, remember to inspect the hot water heater and any heating and cooling systems. Ask the listing agent when these systems were last replaced. Check for weird smells or noises and any signs of dripping or seepage.
Take a walk around the entire perimeter of the house and inspect the exteriors. What can possibly be hiding along the sides that are out of sight. Certain maintenance red flags may include poor upkeep of the yard, chipped paint, bulges or cracks in the foundation or pavement and strange smells.
Considered to be one of the biggest “bones” of a house, a roof typically lasts 20 years. It is best to pay close attention to the its age and condition during your inspection.
So there you have it. This is how you can get the most out of your open house tour. An open inspection is a great opportunity for you and any home buyer alike to go beyond just flicking through the pages. And what’s even great? They make it possible to see a property without the hassle of scheduling an appointment!