Eventually, open houses will return and, while online tours are convenient, there’s nothing like actually stepping inside a real house to get a feel for what it’s all about. If you’re a first-time buyer, here are a few things to remember:
- Before you rush inside, take a good long look from the curb. How does the roof look? And the siding? Any standing water? All of these can be signs of trouble if something doesn’t look right.
- These days staging is very common so it’s important to look beyond – and sometimes behind – the props. Cracks in the ceiling? Stains or signs of mold? Uneven floor? Take your time.
- If the house has a basement, this can tell you plenty about the overall health of the house. Foundation cracks? Dampness after a good rain?
Make note of any irregularities and compare notes with a home inspector before you buy. You’ll be glad you did.