Be On The Lookout At An Open House For These Things

by Robin Anderson Real Estate 01/07/2019

As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            


About the Author
Author

Robin Anderson Real Estate

“My Passion is people and relationships and I promise to provide my clients with exceptional service tailored to their individual needs.”
-Robin Anderson

Robin is a Georgia native who brings her passion for people and her love of homes to work for her clients. She and her husband, Andy, have been married for almost 25 years and have two children, Ellen and Drew. They currently live in Fairburn but she has lived in Cobb County, Douglas County, Carroll County, and Coweta County. She has been a part of many real estate endeavors including,building and designing several custom homes, remodeling homes, sub dividing land, managing rental properties, and buying and selling properties. She has spent the last two years with a New Home Builder in Cumming, and City of Decatur, and she is excited to work with both buyers and sellers in her own community!

She believes that meaningful relationships bring so much joy to this world and she knows that real Joy comes from faith in Jesus Christ. Although she is driven to provide outstanding service to her clients, she is astutely aware that people want to know you care about them before they care how much you know.  She counts her family, friends, and community as her biggest blessing.
 

Robin is highly motivated but she is sensitive to the fact that selling a home can be a very emotional experience for the homeowner. So she endeavors to produce results for the seller quickly and makes it a priority to keep them closely informed throughout the process. She is appreciative for the opportunity to help her clients navigate through the real estate process and she aspires to deliver quality customer service that is both positive and informative.
She also understands the importance of marketing and she and her team employ the latest technologies, research, and marketing strategies to ensure that their clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. With professionally designed advertising strategically placed in magazines, direct mail publications and flyers, and Internet sites, her client’s properties receive the highest and most effective exposure in the market place. 

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