27 things to make note of when visiting open houses this Sunday

Sunday is open house day and if you’re like most people, you will probably try to squeeze in four or five open houses (and only actually make it to three if you’re new to house shopping). By the time you’ve driven around between them, they often become blurred together and mixed up in your mind. Disagreements might ensue.

Privacy legislation does not allow for picture taking, although I know open house visitors with their cell phone cameras clandestinely might yield to the temptation. What you need is a cheat sheet so you can keep track of which one had the red shag carpet and which the flagstone patio.  Here are some ideas of what your cheat sheet might include

Open house cheat sheet

The house:

Address __________________

Square Footage_____________

Price____________________

Taxes___________________

Bedrooms________________

Bathrooms________________

Closet space_______________

Kitchen__________________

Garage___________________

Parking__________________

Basement_________________

Yard_____________________

Roof_____________________

Windows__________________

Furnace___________________

Appliances_________________

Layout____________________

Colors____________________

_________________________

The Neighborhood:

Traffic____________________

Noise_____________________

Neighbors_________________

Parks____________________

Schools___________________

Public transit_______________

Shopping__________________

_________________________

Depending on your criteria, some of these things are unimportant to you but there will be other things you’ll need on your cheat sheet. This one is just the basics to get you started. Happy shopping.

The house you’re going to buy probably isn’t on the market yet.

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