Tips For Realistically Visualizing A Home You Look At
When you are looking at homes you want to make sure you buy the best one for your family. This means knowing how to properly view a house that is up for sale. The tips here are going to help you learn how to overlook negative things that shouldn't really matter and see the features that will prove to be important if you end up going with the home:
Know which smells you can and cannot ignore
When you step into a home you may smell certain odors that may not be very pleasant. However, some non-pleasant odors are no big deal, while others should lead to more investigating. If you smell something cooking in the oven, this is generally something that's fairly common. Seller's will be told to throw cookies or bread in the oven to give the home a more "homey" feel.
If you smell the strong scent of incense, then this can mean that the seller doesn't want you to smell something else, such as cat urine or something else foul. If you are concerned, you can always see if you can view the home a second time without giving the seller as much advanced notice. Also, a musky smell can mean there is mildew or mold, which should be checked out through an inspection.
Take extra time in a room to imagine it once you are in it
When you are looking at a home that still has the seller's items in it, or that has been staged, you want to imagine it with your things instead. This can help you to get a better sense of whether or not you can really see your family living there. Along with ignoring the content in the rooms, you also want to ignore everything else that can be easily changed, such as paint coloring, flooring, window coverings and ceiling fans.
Go outside and walk around the yard. Look at the neighbor's houses and down both ends of the street. While you may not want to let a junky house down the street detour you from that perfect home, you also don't want to ignore the fact that it looks like most of the neighbors may be trouble which can mean the neighborhood isn't as safe as you may like. If you find yourself feeling concerned, then check with the local authorities to make sure the house is in a safe area.
Contact local real estate brokers for more information and assistance.