What to look for at Open for Inspections

So you want to buy a new home, or a first home, and you are really not sure what sort of property you are looking for…you draw up your lists of things that you like and don’t like and go straight on line to see what is available in your price range.  As you are not sure exactly what you want the advertised open for inspections are a start.  They give you easy access to the property and a chance to look around the house and the neighbourhood.  But what exactly should you be looking out for?

Forbes Lifestyle suggest you look at the following

The Neighbourhood

You have to remember that you’re not just buying a house, you’re buying a neighbourhood, too.  And that, perhaps, is the most important takeaway from seeing a property in person.   During your visit, though, be sure to pay attention to traffic speeds, the condition of other homes in the area, and whether or not there’s plentiful access to amenities your family needs.

The Neighbours

Again, you’re buying a house, but it’s important to note that the neighbours come with it, like a package deal.  Scope out the homes on either side of the property – and don’t overlook the neighbor in the back of the house.  You might think that what’s out of sight is out of mind, but that rule doesn’t apply if they have three large dogs that like to bark all day.


When you look out the bedroom window, do you peer right into your neighbour’s bathroom?  If you wanted to entertain on the back deck, will your neighbor be close enough to give you unwanted barbequing tips?  While privacy is always good to consider, the good news is that the issue may be easily resolved.  Remember:  Hedges make great neighbours.


The Home’s Exterior

Take a walk around the entire perimeter of the house; you might be  surprised at what’s hiding along the sides, out of sight.  Is there deferred maintenance? Pay close attention to the exterior paint.  Does it look fresh, or is it chipping? Do the roof shingles look like they need replacing in the next 2-5 years? What’s the condition of the gutters or any other key items on the exterior? This is a telltale sign in what you’ll find inside.


Good ‘Flow’

One thing pictures online don’t show is the flow of the house.   Do rooms feel spacious and well-laid-out?  The hub of the home for today’s family is the kitchen.  Is it open and inviting?  Can family members lounge nearby or dine in an adjacent area? The way one room opens to the next is important when it comes to making the most of the space you’ve got.

The Layout

A family with young children is likely going to want a home with their bedroom on the same floor as their children. But if you have teenagers, you may want to be on the other side of the house – or even on a different floor!  So pay special attention to the layout of the house and whether or not it works for your lifestyle.  Overall flow is important, but having space dedicated to specific, important parts of your life – like an office for someone who works from home – is equally as important.

Smells, Stains, and Nastiness

The nose knows.  Check out the basement and even the attic.  If you smell some ominous, it just could be.  Water stains in the ceilings and along the baseboards in the basement are signs of flooding, drainage, or roof trouble – and water and dampness often lead to mold and mildew issues, so take note.

Light and Air

When you’re in the house is there lots of natural light?  Is the house designed in a way that, with weather permitting, there’s good air flow through the house?  Not only is sunlight and fresh air enjoyable, but opening those windows and catching a breeze can help cut down on utility bills during those mid-summer months.

built in and storage Space

Is there a little or a lot?  Will the home’s storage space keep you organised and accommodate all your stuff? I know that for some homebuyers, this is a deal breaker, so it’s better to check now before you fall in love with the rest of the house.




Happy house hunting

Licensed Real Estate Agent
Margaret Price is the licensee of Margret Price Real Estate, an innovative real estate agency on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Margaret graduated from North Sydney Technical College in Film Design and TV Production. After graduating Margaret forged a successful career in the media, and with husband David Price worked on television shows like The Mike Walsh Show and drama shows like Number 96. After a brief hiatus to enjoy the privileges of motherhood, Margaret was enticed into changing careers and join a friend in a real estate company in Kurrajong on the outskirts of Sydney. The business of real estate was an instant passion and after gaining her license at the University of Western Sydney decided to make the ultimate sea change and relocated to Forster on the Mid North Coast. The years of media and business training have been invaluable and Margaret Price Real Estate is now one of the most innovative real estate agencies on the coast.
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