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
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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 28 years and have two children, Ellen and Drew. They currently live in Fulton County, but Robin has also lived in Cobb County, Douglas County, Carroll County, and Coweta County. She has been integral to many real estate endeavors including designing and building several custom homes, remodeling homes, subdividing land, managing rental properties, and buying and selling properties. After spending two years in Cumming and Decatur working with a new home builder, Robin is excited to work with buyers and sellers in her own community. Although Robin is driven to provide outstanding service to her clients, she is acutely aware that people want to know you care about them before they care how much you know. She believes meaningful relationships bring immeasurable joy to the world, and she knows that real joy comes from faith in Jesus Christ. She counts her faith, family, friends, and community as her most treasured blessings. In our increasingly digital world, Robin understands the importance of multimodal marketing, so she and her team employ the latest research, marketing strategies, and technologies 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 clients’ properties receive the highest and most effective exposure in the marketplace. Robin is highly motivated but sensitive to the fact that buying and selling homes can be an emotional experience, so she makes it a priority to keep clients closely informed throughout the process and strives to produce quick results. She appreciates the opportunity to help her clients navigate the real estate process, and she aspires to deliver quality customer service that is both informative and positive.