Open houses have been around for years, decades even. As a buyer, however, it is not enough to just go to an open house and settle for a house that has all the rooms that you need, or the ones that look good in photos. There are other things to consider when looking for the right house to purchase and open houses should be maximized. Here are the things you need to look for when going to an open house visit:
Remember, you are not just buying a house, you are technically buying a neighbourhood, too. When you find a house that you consider moving in to, make sure that you will research on the type of neighbourhood it is in. That is why it is important that you should see the property in person. During your visit, make sure that you take a mental note of the condition of the other houses in the area, the traffic speed, as well as the distance from the amenities that you or your family will need.
This is important especially if you have children. The neighbourhood and your neighbours are part of the package deal. Make sure to scope out the homes on both sides of the property you are looking at – don’t forget to include the houses at the back and in front. The saying ‘out of mind, out of sight’ is certainly not applicable when choosing a house, especially if your neighbours have dogs that bark all day.
When you visit the property, walk around the perimeter and inspect the sides – you might be surprised at what you can find. Pay attention to the exterior paint, roof shingles, gutters, etc. You will be able to tell if there will be improvements to be done in the near future. Just by looking at the exteriors, you can expect on what to find inside the property. You don’t want to purchase something that needs to be fixed for a more expensive price once you’ve settled in.
This is important as you would want to secure the privacy of your family. Go to the bedroom window and check for the view. You don’t want to be looking directly at your neighbour’s bathroom, do you? Privacy is something that should be considered but it is also something that can be easily resolved.
Light and Air
Check if lots of natural light can come in when you are inside the house. You also have to consider the layout of the house – is it designed in a way that the air can flow easily throughout the house? Remember that sunlight and fresh air are two things that you would want to have in your house. They can also help you cut down your utility bills during the warmer months.