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Open houses can be intimidating at first; you're looking at multiple houses within the same day, a lot of information needs to be processed in your head. Sometimes it can become hard to choose. However, having some of your must-haves aligned with the house you want to eventually rent or buy makes it easier to scratch them off your list.

While a picture online can make big claims for a house, visiting it and getting the feel of it really helps figure out whether it has the potential to be your future home. Here are some of the important things you ought to look out for at an open house.

The neighborhood

Prioritizing how the house feels and whether it meets the needs is important, but when you buy a house, you also decide to associate yourself with a neighborhood. This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of buying a house that you need to take into account.

When you visit a place, make an assessment of the outside. Pay attention to the traffic noise, the condition of other homes, and whether there is access to amenities you and your family will need. Don't overlook the neighbors in the back of the house. Sound is also an important aspect to consider, is there a train nearby? Are there dogs that constantly bark?

Damages or neglect

All homes have wear and tear; of course, they've been lived in, so you'd expect that. However, what you're going to look for are signs of neglect and damage that can potentially cost a pretty penny.

Look at the baseboards, basement, see if there is any sign of stains or warping; these indicate burst pipes or previous flooding. Open up cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks and look for speckles of black on the wall. This indicates the presence of mold.

Enough privacy

Look through windows as you walk through your potential new home. Does the space seem too exposed? Compare the feeling of privacy with how you feel at your current home. Depending on your current condition, you can judge how private this new space is.

Light and airflow

At the start, maybe having a consistent airflow within the house might not seem like a big deal. But a good floor plan with good airflow will likely lower your utility bills. It will also keep moisture moving through the home and reduce allergies.

Whether you're ready or not to buy a home, keeping these things in mind will be worth the effort when you will eventually buy a house. Open houses are a great way to familiarize yourself with what's on the market and take your time in deciding what you want in real-time.

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