Things to Look Out for at an Open House

Whether it’s your first home or not, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when purchasing a home. Attending open houses is a key step in getting a feel for what you like, what you don’t like, what’s on the market, and what’s within your budget. It’s critical to know what to watch out for during each tour considering that the next house you walk into could be your next home. To help you understand what to look out for, here are a few key things to keep in mind  during every open house you attend.

Location, Location, Location

If you’ve ever watched an episode of House Hunters, you know why we’re covering this as an important thing to keep in mind. As you arrive at an open house, pay close attention to the part of the home you can control the least… the neighborhood. There are a few things regarding location that we encourage you to take note of during your next house hunting venture:

If you feel comfortable with some of these initial impressions of the neighborhood and surrounding area, make sure to take a walk around the neighborhood before or after the open house. You can even come back to the neighborhood at a different time of day to get a better feel for it.

The Home and Property

It’s important to know what you’re getting into with an open house. A few key home aspects and red flags to look out for at an open house include:

While these are all important things to look for during an open house, this is not an exhaustive list and every home (and buyer) is different. We always recommend participating in a couple of open houses to get a feel for what makes a house a home for your family and knowing what to look out for.

The Next Steps

Once you find that perfect house that fits all of your criteria, our team of mortgage professionals can help you live where you love throughout North Central Florida. Contact our team to learn more about the financing options available.