So you’re looking to buy a new house? One fast, accessible way to see South Shore homes for sale in a stress-free environment is to attend open houses. Open houses are typically put on by realtors to drum up interest in a piece of property. But, like anything else, when you attend an open house there are things you need to keep in mind.
- Interact with the agent: The agent selling the home is trying to do just that – sell the home. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on how long the South Shore home for sale has been on the market, it’s age and what type of people the previous owners were like. The agent is there to answer your questions.
- Examine the home closely: Notice any suspicious odors? They could reveal evidence of mold or mildew, which is problematic. Does the house smell like cigarette smoke? That lowers home value because the smell is so hard to remove from carpet, drapes, drywall, etc. Also be on the look for water stains on the ceiling, in the walls and especially in the basement. If water easily gets into the home, that can cost big bucks to fix.
- Appliances: Look at things like the hot water heater, furnace and air conditioning unit to see how old they are. These cost lots of money to replace and knowing you’ll need to soon replace one could be the difference between making an offer and passing
There’s various other things you should keep in mind – like seeing how well the houses around the home you’re observing are kept up and what other houses in the area sold for. For more information on South Shore homes for sale, contact one of our professionals today.