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As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            




15 Irene Street, Springfield, MA 01108

Single-Family

$229,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Enjoy all that this beautiful home has to offer! All of the rooms boast with natural sunlight! Three bedrooms on the first floor and a clean, wide open basement with an additional bedroom and full bath will provide additional living space for your specific needs. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the back patio or put your "green thumb" to work in the fenced in back yard. All of this can be yours...it's just waiting for you to call it home!!
Open House
Sunday
March 15 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 15 Irene Street, Springfield, MA 01108    Get Directions

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138 Piney Lane, Ludlow, MA 01056

Single-Family

$299,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Vacation at home in this 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, 1872 sq. ft., Cape Cod home located on a dead-end street on picturesque Alden Pond. The first level features a large eat-in kitchen, bedroom, full-bathroom, first-floor laundry, living room and sunroom with gas stove, stone accent wall & unique floor hatch to a full basement. French doors open to a composite deck with hot tub. A good-sized bedroom, Master bedroom, and a half bath complete the second level. The backyard features an additional storage shed, peach trees and blueberry bushes. Craftsmen will enjoy the detached 2-story garage/workshop with walkup loft. Its attached shed offers additional storage and changing room for pond-goers. Just steps away from a private beach and dock; swim, canoe, kayak & fish right in your own back yard. APO: Laminate flooring and carpet on first level (2019), Wood siding (2018), Hot water heater (2015), Roof (2009).
Open House
Sunday
February 23 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 138 Piney Lane, Ludlow, MA 01056    Get Directions

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73 Mary Coburn Rd, Springfield, MA 01129

Sixteen Acres

Single-Family

$195,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Fantastic well-maintained Cape on corner lot in lovely Sixteen Acres neighborhood, with walkup attic/unfinished 2nd level. Upgrades include Newer Roof, Furnace, Central Air, Gutters, Garage Door, Inground Lawn Sprinkler (front yard), Water Heater, and more! The kitchen features tile floors, handsome cabinetry, cozy dining area, and separate hallway to a half bath. The living room has hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace, and picture window that lets in lots of natural light. A full bath with tile flooring and 2 good-sized bedrooms with refinished hardwoods and double closets complete the first level. An oversized two-car garage is heated and freshly painted. The front yard is nicely landscaped, and a spacious fenced backyard has a lovely patio area and storage shed.
Open House
Sunday
September 29 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 73 Mary Coburn Rd, Springfield, MA 01129    Get Directions

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73 Mary Coburn Rd, Springfield, MA 01129

Sixteen Acres

Single-Family

$200,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Fantastic well-maintained Cape on corner lot in lovely Sixteen Acres neighborhood, with walkup attic/unfinished 2nd level. Upgrades include Newer Roof, Furnace, Central Air, Gutters, Garage Door, Inground Lawn Sprinkler (front yard), Water Heater, and more! The kitchen features tile floors, handsome cabinetry, cozy dining area, and separate hallway to a half bath. The living room has hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace, and picture window that lets in lots of natural light. A full bath with tile flooring and 2 good-sized bedrooms with refinished hardwoods and double closets complete the first level. An oversized two-car garage is heated and freshly painted. The front yard is nicely landscaped, and a spacious fenced backyard has a lovely patio area and storage shed.
Open House
Saturday
September 14 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 73 Mary Coburn Rd, Springfield, MA 01129    Get Directions

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