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What You Might Not Look For At an Open House

  • Maggie Keats
  • 12/3/22

Perhaps you’ve been to a few open houses before and enjoyed walking through the home and checking out each room and space. Usually, the listing agent will be around during the open house and can answer any questions you might have to help paint a clear picture of the property. If you want to make sure you know what questions to ask and how to learn as much as possible during your next open house, the tips in this article will help. You can use this information to your advantage as you shop for Port Washington beach houses.

Look for damage or neglect

Unless the home is a brand new build, someone else has lived in it before, so it’s normal to expect signs of wear and tear. However, there’s a vast difference between signs of regular use and damage that might raise any concern. As you walk through the home, look at the baseboards and see if you can find any staining or warping. If you can, this might be a sign of a pipe burst or previous flooding. Pay attention to any strange smells that might signal the presence of mold or mildew. Lastly, check for stains on the ceiling to ensure that there are no leaks in the roof.

Tour the neighborhood

Before you make an offer on a home, you’ll want to get an idea of who you’ll be living next near. It’s important to check out a property’s potential neighborhood — is it close to a major highway? Is there a local school down the block where you’ll experience daily traffic? Are there lively restaurants nearby? Many people also recommend visiting the neighborhood at different times during the day before you submit an offer. Get an idea of the neighborhood before deciding on the property.

Think about privacy

Does the home have a window that faces the street? Can anybody who walks by the home look inside and see whatever they want? Is the home located on a busy street, or is traffic near the home minimal? Some people can tolerate less privacy, while others will quickly become frustrated if they feel like their home doesn’t offer them the level of privacy they want.

Count the closets

Most people don’t think about closet space being a major factor when purchasing a home. However, you don’t want to run out of space soon after you move in. Take a look at the bedroom and the hall closets, and consider how much you might be able to store inside. Keep in mind that older homes usually have fewer closets than new homes.

Consider air flow

Many people like to open doors or windows on warm days to let a breeze inside. Not only does this feel pleasant, but it also lowers your utility bills because you’re spending less to cool your home during the hot summer months. It can also reduce allergies by allowing more moisture into the home. When you visit a home during an open house, look at where doors and windows are positioned and think about whether you’ll be able to open up the home in the summertime.

Take notes

There’s a lot to see and experience at an open house, and it’s okay if you don’t remember everything after you leave. However, you can prepare for this ahead of time by bringing a pen and paper to jot down your thoughts as you walk around the house. Others will take pictures or use a word processing app on their phone to keep track of important information electronically.

Imagine yourself in the space

The goal of seeing Sands Point real estate in person before making an offer is to imagine yourself living in the space. As you walk through the home, think about how you would use each room, and make sure you purchase a home that fits your needs. If you work from home, imagine where you would set up a home office. If you’re big into crafting, look for a room in the home that could serve as your craft room. Don’t buy a home without a dining room if you like to host large dinner parties or a home without an outdoor living space if you want to enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio every morning. You want a home that meets your needs and enhances your life, so you’re allowed to be picky as you search. 

See if others are interested

This has less to do with the home itself and more to do with who else is there for the open house. Is the home pretty crowded with potential buyers, or are you one of the only people there? If you see others walking around taking notes, asking the realtor questions, and spending a lot of time at the property, they could be getting ready to make an offer. If you want to secure the home for yourself, you should be prepared to move quickly and put forth a competitive offer if you sense that you have competition.

If you want somebody to help you shop for Sands Point real estate, consider reaching out to Maggie Keats. Maggie is one of the most successful agents in the entire Long Island area, and she deeply understands the intricacies and nuances of the local market. Her ability to close deals for her clients is unmatched, and she instantly builds trust with each person she works with by making the client her top priority. She would love to partner with you in your search.

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Working with North Shore’s Maggie Keats means you’re working with the #1 producer on Long Island and getting an unparalleled level of dedication. Maggie is frequently mentioned in national and local media due to her extraordinary sales record and market expertise. If you’re looking for luxury Port Washington homes for sale or want to get the most value out of your Sands Point sales transaction, contact Maggie and get started on your North Shore real estate journey today.

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