4 Things to Look for at Open Houses

A picture online can say a thousand words however seeing a home in person truly speaks volumes. Visiting a property is your first opportunity to “kick the tires.” While most homebuyers spend their time at an open house simply checking out the layout of the rooms and the name brands on the kitchen appliances, smart buyers know what’s really important to look for when buying a home. In most markets, you’ll often walk into an open house that has been deep-cleaned, upgraded, and staged with stylish furniture. That’s nice, but if you’re not careful, you may miss a multitude of problems. Don’t overlook these 4 critical areas:

1. The Neighborhood
You are not just buying a house; you are buying a neighborhood. Take a drive around the neighborhood to check out the parks and amenities, condition of other houses, and traffic in and out of the area.

2. Water
Water can cause significant damage to a home. Look for water stains beneath sinks and on walls and ceilings. Water stains can mean a leaky pipe or if the stain is on the ceiling, it can mean the roof is leaking. If you notice a musty odor, it could mean there is water infiltration somewhere. Water leaks can lead to more severe problems like mold.

3. Foundation
Most houses have hairline cracks, which simply indicate that the house is settling into position, but large gaps signal a bigger issue with the house foundation. Sticking doors or windows, visible cracks above window frames, and uneven floors are signs of foundation issues.

4. Deferred Maintenance
Home improvements can really add up. As you walk through a home, keep an eye out for urgent renovation needs like floors, fixtures, or large repainting projects. If you see paint fading or chipping, leaky faucets, or missing shingles on the roof; it could mean the homeowner has not kept up with maintenance of the home and will need attention soon.

For more information on what to look for when searching for your next home contact us and we can help you make the best choice in your home purchase.

About the Author

Andrew Leong was born and rasied on the island of Oahu. He is a graduate from the Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa with a degree in Marketing. Prior to real estate, Andrew worked in hospitality management giving him great experience as a dedicated service professional. He strongly believes that being a realtor is more than just helping clients buy or sell a home, as a consultant he is there to guide clients to help make the best choices when it comes to the most important purchase of their lives. It’s not about the dollar but building relationships and doing what’s best for his clients. 

With the abundance of information available to clients today through multiple different media channels, Andrew’s superior market knowledge, negotiating skills and strong community relationships have helped give his clients that competetive edge for over 10 years.