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Kate Hogan - Amherst MA Realtor


Open houses can be a great way to get to know a home and the neighborhood it sits in. Sure, the seller will be trying to put their best foot forward on the big day. But, you’ll still be able to get a chance to tour the home relatively uninterrupted.

But what should you look for in particular when attending an open house?

There are a number of things you can learn at an open house. Many prospective buyers spend the time looking at things like paint color and cosmetic touches that can easily be changed, and very little 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 you should be looking out for when you attend an open house. That way, you’ll know which houses are worth considering further and which ones should be left behind.

Not enough storage space

If you find yourself constantly running out of storage space (and who doesn’t?), you’ll want to make sure the home has ample space 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.

Overly scented areas

It’s perfectly normal for a seller’s agent to place one or two choice candles 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 good chance it’s there to mask offensive and hard to remove smells. Pet and cigarette odors are among the worst culprits.

The windows, doors, and cabinets should work like a dream

When attending an open house, take note of how well the doors open and close. If appropriate, ask the seller’s agent if you can try out the windows and cabinets as well.

Problems with these items can be signs of poor craftsmanship, cheap materials, or neglect.

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 lenses.

However, it’s important to take them off 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 stop by the neighborhood during rush house to gauge how traffic would affect your commute.

Air flow issues

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, check around the base of the sink and counter for signs of water damage or mold.

Large cracks in foundations or ceilings

While small, hairline cracks in the foundation of a home are completely normal, large ones can be dangerous.

They can allow water and pests to enter the home, causing all types of costly damages.


Keep those six tips in mind when you attend the open house, and be sure to bring a list of any other questions you might have for the seller’s agent.



1 Amherst Road, Pelham, MA 01002

Single-Family

$334,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful, convenient location with many updates! Minutes from downtown Amherst, Pelham Elementary,and beautiful Amethyst Brook. 3 Bedroom Farmhouse with detached garage/studio, large private fenced in yard perfect for relaxing, entertaining, and gardening, screened front porch, and three season side porch. Newer roof, updated electrical, new windows, updated appliances, new gutters, new furnace, full insulation and weather sealing, new fence, and freshly painted. Inside you will find inviting front entrance, hardwood floors, charming living room, dining room, kitchen with large pantry, and half bath. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, all bursting with natural light, full bath, and walk up attic. This property has it all! Beautiful layout!
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October 20 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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190 Delaney Ave, Chicopee, MA 01013

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Welcoming brick house on spacious corner lot in sought after neighborhood. One of a kind! This property boasts a fenced in manicured yard, Trek gazebo with electricity, inviting large stone patio for entertainment, gated driveway, one car garage, and car port. Inside you will find sun room and a large breezeway leading to a sweet eat-in kitchen with a window overlooking the back yard, hallway to updated full bath, 3 bedrooms, great room with bay window and skylight, and hardwood floors throughout. Downstairs is a partially finished basement with den and workout room, plus storage, and laundry. Wonderful location! Easy access to major routes and all area amenities. Central AC, new hot water heater, updated windows, and exterior surround motion sensor lighting. This is a maintenance free home! Well cared for, one family has filled it with love! Don't miss it!
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Before you sell your home, you may wonder if there are any areas that you can improve on before putting the home on the market. Kitchen renovations have one of the highest return values of any changes that you make to your home. It’s worth investigating what areas of the room could use some improving. Some of these upgrades don’t even require you to start a construction project.


Clear Off The Counters


You don’t even have to replace the countertops to add some value to your home. Making it appear as if your counters have the maximum amount of space before you show the home can really impress potential buyers Simply clear your counter, clean it, and make any small repairs that you notice may need to be done. If you have time and the budget, you can always replace tired old countertops. Simply showing that your counters have more room can really make a big difference.  


Add A Backsplash 


You can add a backsplash or update your existing one in order to breathe some life into your kitchen. Make sure that the tiles you choose coordinate with the theme of the kitchen. This is purely cosmetic but a kitchen with a fresh backsplash sells much faster than a tired, worn looking kitchen backslash, or even a kitchen without a backsplash at all.


Add Some Technology To The Kitchen


Buyers like simplicity and convenience in their potential homes. Consider adding some technology to the kitchen like USB outlets and smart appliances. If you can save a buyer from needing to upgrade their appliances and meet their 21st century needs at the same time, your home will be a very attractive sell. There are few things more enticing to buyers than brand spanking new appliances in the kitchen! These updates will surely add value to your home before you sell.   


The Floor 


While floors offer the least return for your investment, buyers don’t like looking at old, dirty floors! Take the time to clean up your floor and replace it if needed. It’s not a difficult do-it-yourself project and can really make your kitchen look more attractive.       


Clean The Cabinets


Buyers are very into looking at every nook of the home they may potentially buy. That means if you have nice looking cabinets, you can have a leg up as a seller. Whether you need to clean and stain the wood on your cabinets, add a fresh coat of paint, or do a larger project and replace the cabinets altogether, there are plenty of ways that you can give your cabinets a fresh look, drawing attention to this part of the room. Be sure that whatever you do to your cabinets will bode well with the style of the kitchen.  



18 Grove St, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Charming in town property. Private, spacious, sunny lot perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Stone walk way, lilacs, laundry line, and garden area. 2 bedroom, 1 bath efficient farmhouse. Inside you will find an eat-in kitchen, 1st floor bedroom, sitting room, living room, and wonderful three season porch. Upstairs there is a large bedroom with walk in closet. Stylish touches throughout, mostly newer windows, newer roof, new washer, and new heating system - Buderus! Close to town, UMass, Amherst College, Wildwood Elementary, restaurants, and shopping. Walk to everything. Great location. Come see it today!
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