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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.



37 Waterford Circle--MODEL, Dighton, MA 02715

Single-Family

$559,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
GPS 1590 PINE ST. Welcome to Dighton's premier neighborhood, Stoney Ridge Estates! This home is 100% complete & ready for occupancy! It is loaded with so many amenities that have been tastefully selected, that it is truly an exceptional home! The photos tell the story! Some of the many features include a designer kitchen with quartz counters, tile backsplash, an oversized island, a farmer's sink, deluxe stainless steel appliances, an attractive mudroom w/bench/bead board/shelving, a large pantry w/barn door leading to a cathedral living room with a linear fireplace trimmed with tile, a large dining room, an oversized master suite with sitting area & stunning master spa-like bath with custom-designed cabinetry, soaker tub, walk-in tiled shower, & custom shelving/wainscoting that will blow you away! Some other highlights of this phenomenal home include beautiful hardwood flooring, elegant light fixtures, oil-rubbed bronze hardware, custom finish work, and so much more.
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44 Waterford Circle--UNDER CONST., Dighton, MA 02715

Single-Family

$499,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
GPS 1590 PINE ST. "The Dartmouth w/optional family room". This home is under construction. There are 10 home sites remaining in this highly desirable neighborhood. Welcome to "Stoney Ridge Estates", Dighton's premier subdivision minutes to all highway routes to Providence & Boston (Route 24, 44 & I-195). Located under six miles from Exit 11 (Padelford St.) off Route 24, you will appreciate the ease of commuting to & from the place you call "home". You will admire the awesome curb appeal as you enter the neighborhood decorated with plentiful flowering shrubs & perennials, a recreational park to enjoy on a warm, sunny day, & sidewalks to stroll! This neighborhood is a "one-of-kind" & offers six model floor designs ranging from 1,762 to 2,384 square feet. Some features include a designer kitchen & baths w/granite counters, some hardwood & ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting, natural gas heat, central air, & a maintenance free exterior.
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December 08 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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54 Waterford Circle-TBB, Dighton, MA 02715

Single-Family

$479,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
USE GPS 1590 PINE ST. "The Beacon II". Stretch out & enjoy easy, one-level living in this beautiful ranch! There are 10 home sites remaining in this highly desirable neighborhood. Welcome to "Stoney Ridge Estates", Dighton's premier subdivision minutes to all highway routes to Providence & Boston (Route 24, 44 & I-195). Located under six miles from Exit 11 (Padelford St.) off Route 24, you will appreciate the ease of commuting to & from the place you call "home". You will admire the awesome curb appeal as you enter the neighborhood decorated with plentiful flowering shrubs & perennials, a recreational park to enjoy on a warm, sunny day, & sidewalks to stroll! This neighborhood is a "one-of-kind" & offers six model floor designs ranging from 1,762 to 2,384 square feet. Some features include a designer kitchen & baths w/granite counters, some hardwood & ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting, natural gas heat, central air, & a maintenance-free exterior.
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35 Pilgrim Village Road, Taunton, MA 02780

Condo

$209,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Pilgrim Village! This highly-desirable and sought-after complex is a commuter's dream offering quick highway access to Routes 24, 140, 138 & 44. This is a in-demand end-unit townhome that offers abundance of natural light! It offers 3 levels of living area and is a perfect set-up for entertaining family and friends! Some of the many features include an upgraded kitchen with tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances open to a large dining room with access to the rear deck with brand new slider, a spacious living room, a master suite with soaring cathedral ceiling with loft above, natural gas heat, central air-conditioning, and two exclusive parking spaces with grounds that are impeccably maintained. The complex also offers use of its in-ground pool and recreation area to its residents.
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