Lisa Oleksak-Sullivan - Westfield, MA Real Estate, Longmeadow, MA Real Estate, West Springfield, MA


Open houses can be a great way to get to know a home and the neighborhood it sits in. Sure, the seller will be trying to put their best foot forward on the big day. But, you’ll still be able to get a chance to tour the home relatively uninterrupted.

But what should you look for in particular when attending an open house?

There are a number of things you can learn at an open house. Many prospective buyers spend the time looking at things like paint color and cosmetic touches that can easily be changed, and very little time considering important factors that should go into their home buying decision.

So, in today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the lesser known things you should be looking out for when you attend an open house. That way, you’ll know which houses are worth considering further and which ones should be left behind.

Not enough storage space

If you find yourself constantly running out of storage space (and who doesn’t?), you’ll want to make sure the home has ample space to store your belongings. If it doesn’t, see if you can find ways to repurpose areas for storage, such as spare bedrooms or garage space.

Overly scented areas

It’s perfectly normal for a seller’s agent to place one or two choice candles in the home during an open house.

However, if you notice some rooms have an overpowering smell of candles or air fresheners, there’s a good chance it’s there to mask offensive and hard to remove smells. Pet and cigarette odors are among the worst culprits.

The windows, doors, and cabinets should work like a dream

When attending an open house, take note of how well the doors open and close. If appropriate, ask the seller’s agent if you can try out the windows and cabinets as well.

Problems with these items can be signs of poor craftsmanship, cheap materials, or neglect.

Traffic and neighbors

If you’ve found what you think is the perfect home, it can be easy to see the world through rose-colored lenses.

However, it’s important to take them off when looking around the yard. Take note of the traffic level, and the amount of privacy the home receives. If you like the home, it’s also a good idea to stop by the neighborhood during rush house to gauge how traffic would affect your commute.

Air flow issues

Improper ventilation can lead to mold growth, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure bathroom vents and fans work properly, and check windows for condensation.

In rooms with sinks, check around the base of the sink and counter for signs of water damage or mold.

Large cracks in foundations or ceilings

While small, hairline cracks in the foundation of a home are completely normal, large ones can be dangerous.

They can allow water and pests to enter the home, causing all types of costly damages.


Keep those six tips in mind when you attend the open house, and be sure to bring a list of any other questions you might have for the seller’s agent.



49 N Blandford Road, Blandford, MA 01008

Single-Family

$424,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Horse Enthusiasts & Nature Lovers Looking for property for your horses/livestock AND a home FULL of updates, a SCENIC POND, kennel, chicken coup, 3 Garage Bays? HERE IT IS! Beautiful setting for this 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath Cape featuring updated Kitchen w/Stainless Appliances/Corian Countertops/Farmhouse Sink; Living Rm w/Cathedral Ceiling, Spacious Dining Rm w/Fireplace, Master Bedrm w/Walk-in Closet & Balcony, Beautifully Updated Bath, Finished Walk-Out Basement & unfinished walk-up attic offers more potential living space. Updates - NEW SEPTIC & ROOF 2019, New Pella Windows & Exterior Touchpad Doors, 2 Vermont Casting wood stoves & MORE (see complete list). Exterior boasts Huge Deck, 5 Stall BARN w/water, Fenced Pasture, NEW 27' top of the line AG Pool w/ecofriendly filtration system; Elevated goshen stone patio, pond w/great wildlife viewing, fenced yard & shed. A Drive-In Workshop/3rd Garage Bay is perfect place to store snowmobiles, ATVs, extra vehicles etc. NOT a drive by!
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Multi-Family

$249,900
Price

2
Units
2,800
Approx. GLA
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Single-Family

$174,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
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2
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