Although open houses can be staged to appear like a home decor vision, don’t let it distract from the main reason you are there: to possibly buy a house. You need to look beyond the beautifully arranged furniture and think only about whether the house is a good fit. Here’s a checklist for home buyers that might help you see things you missed.
Windows– Check to see if they face the sun, or if they look directly at a neighbor’s window.
Under-the-Sink Cabinets – Check for signs of water damage caused by leaking plumbing.
Electrical Outlets Make sure you have enough outlets to power your appliances and other electronic devices. You can then decide if you want to renovate.
Storage Space Don’t look just to determine if you have enough space. Also, consider the placement of your closets. You should also ensure that storage is located in a convenient place.
Appliances If they are part of the house, ensure they’re in good shape. You should have them on and running while you’re there.
Under the Rugs Lift any rugs off the floor to inspect the condition.
Floor Level Check to make sure the floors are level. You can test this by placing a small round object, such as a marble, on the floor. It will show if it moves in one direction.
Attic– Make sure it is well insulated if you have one.
Water Spouts Runoff from gutters should not be directed towards the house. Take a walk outside to check if it is.
Talk to a Preferred Properties of Texas agent to see what else should be looked at.