Question Of The Day...Things To Look For At An Open House

by Jennifer Herman Lloyd 04/04/2019

Open House question of the day

It's a weekend and not only are there lots of flowers blooming, but lots of Open Houses too! Sure, most Sellers will be trying to put their best foot forward on the big day, but what should you look for in particular when going through an Open House? Well, this is what led me to this installment of "The Question of The Day"! Open Houses can be a great way to get to know a home and the neighborhood. There are quite a few things you can learn when you look carefully. Many times, prospective buyers spend most of their time looking at things like paint color  and other cosmetic items that can easily be changed, while spending less time considering important factors that should go into their home buying decision. So, in today's post, I'm going to cover some of the lesser known things to be on the look out for when you go through an Open House. Ready? Here we go:

How's The Storage Space?

Is there enough storage space? If you find yourself constantly running out of storage space (and let's be real, who doesn't?), you'll want to make sure the home has plenty of areas to store your belongings. If it doesn't, see if you can find ways to repurpose areas for storage (such as spare bedrooms or garage space) or if adding more room to the home is a possibility.

Give It The "Sniff" Test

Keep an eye out (or nose!) for overly scented areas. It's perfectly normal for a Seller or Seller's agent to place a candle or scented plug-in or two in the home during an open house. However, if you notice some rooms have an overpowering smell of candles or air fresheners, there's a pretty good chance it's there to mask offensive, unpleasant, or hard to remove smells. Pet and cigarette odors are among the worst culprits. 


As in  Testing 1) Windows... 2) Doors... 3) Cabinets. When attending an open house, don't be afraid to see how well these items work! Doors, windows, and cabinets should all open and close easily. Problems with these items can be signs of poor craftsmanship, cheap materials, neglect, or need for replacement. All things which could cost you. 

Let's Talk...Traffic and Neighbors

If you've found what you think is the perfect home, it can be easy to see the world through rose-colored glasses. That being said, it's important to take a serious and realistic approach when looking around the yard. Take note of the traffic level, and the amount of privacy the home receives. If you like the home, it's also a good idea to take some time and drive through the neighborhood at different times of the day, especially during the busy "rush" hours. Doing this allows you to see how much activity there is and also test how any traffic could affect your commute (should that be a concern for you).

That's A Breeze...Check For Airflow Issues

Good air flow is so important when it comes to proper ventilation. Improper ventilation can lead to mold growth, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure bathroom vents and fans work properly, and check windows for condensation. In rooms with sinks, be sure to check around the base of the sink and under the counter for signs of any possible water damage or mold.

Cracking Up...Large Cracks In Foundations or Ceilings

Small, hairline cracks in the foundation of a home are completely normal, large ones however can be dangerous. They can allow water and pests to enter the home, causing all types of costly damages. Large cracks in ceilings or foundations can be indicators of even more serious problems, so just keep an eye on that!

If you keep the above six tips in mind when you attend an Open House, it can help you out in the long run. From the Sale to Beyond, I'm always here for YOU! With 23+ years in the business YOU can put your trust in me for Advice, Contractors, Neighborhood Info, Buy, Sell, or Invest, [email protected] or 267-446-0667. It's all about building lasting relationships and #RealEstateWithHeart! It's Your Move, Let's Go! ~ Jen

About the Author

Jennifer Herman Lloyd

“Real Estate is not only in my blood, it’s my passion!” ~ As a third generation Realtor, who has been a licensed and active local agent since 1996, I am available to address all of your Real Estate needs. My philosophy is that there’s so much more to Real Estate than just the sale. Real Estate is about Building Relationships…these are strong and lasting relationships with my clients, my fellow agents, and my community. Never a "one-size-fits-all" mentality, I offer a customized approach for each individual client. I am passionate about all facets of Real Estate and believe in the importance of providing my clients with first-class service which includes a high level of professionalism, along with superior negotiating skills, service, and expertise. Having been a Premier Agent with local Home Builders including The David Cutler Group and Guidi Homes, I provide over 16 years of New Construction knowledge & experience. Selling all price ranges and specializing in new construction & resales in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties, I believe in the importance of conducting my real estate business with both Integrity AND Heart. As an alumni of Germantown Academy, I continue to be an active member of my alma mater. I currently reside in Lower Gwynedd with my husband of 20+ years and our two daughters.

I LOVE WHAT I DO!! It’s not just Selling Homes, it’s BUILDING Relationships with INTEGRITY AND HEART… and I look forward to working with you!