Looking for a Home? Learn to view houses with open eyes!

Looking for a Home?
Learn to view houses with open eyes!

Remaining objective can be a difficult task when viewing a house. It is
easy to fall in love with a home’s appearance, blind to problems that
may make it unsuitable. While aesthetics can be an important consideration, it is necessary to look beyond window-dressing.

A qualified home inspector should be hired before purchasing a home, but there are areas that consumers can examine on there own. 
This will shorten your list of potential homes and reduce the likelihood that a home inspector will reject it as unsafe or unsuitable. Here are some considerations and common problems areas to look for when touring an open house:

General Upkeep
Much can be surmised from the general state of the home. Is the home clean? Are the lawns left uncut? Are the walls chipped and need of paint? If smaller chores have been ignored it may be an indication of a broader disregard for home maintenance.

Water Leaks
Check ceilings and drywall for stains, bulges and other signs of water damage. Water that works it way inside via a leaky roof or cracked foundation can rot wood, create mildew and mold, destroy possessions and be expensive to repair.

Floors
As you walk across the floors be aware of “spongy (soft or springy) sections. Excessive squeaking and uneven, bumpy floors may also be indicative of expensive forthcoming repairs.
Poor Drainage
On a wet day walk around the yard and look for areas where water collects. This can be an especially bad sign if there are soggy areas near the home’s foundation.

Doors & Windows
Check that doors and windows fit snugly in their jambs and operate smoothly. Look for flaked paint and loose caulking. If the wood around windows and doors is not protected from moisture, it can rot away. Feel for drafts in these areas too.
Grout & Caulking
If the grout and caulking around the bathroom and kitchen tiles is loose and crumbly, there is a good chance that water is finding its way into 
the wall or under the floor.

Miscellaneous Concern
Naturally, one the most important factors will be determining if the house suits your family’s needs. If you do not want to replace all your furniture, make sure it will fit into the rooms of the new house. Also take note of storage space. If you are moving from a home with large closets and a shed, make sure your new house is able to store an equivalent amount of belongings.

Information provide by: 
Harry Hoare, Broker of Record, Horizon Realty Ltd., Brokerage
*Not intended to solicit clients currently 
under contract with another Brokerage.