What should I be aware of when I walk through a house?

Asked by Beccaj, Chicago, IL Wed Mar 13, 2013

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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Mar 13, 2013

See the article I wrote for my Trulia a blog. The link is attached. Trulia also asked all Borkers in Chicago the same questions about two months ago and Trulia Chicago rated my answer as the best answer.

I hope it is helpful
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Mar 13, 2013

Buyers should have a fairly clear appreciation for their personal search. This should include both what they want in their future home as well as what the less favorable characteristic would be. Having this information committed to writing in list form may be helpful.

Most buyers don't make their choice to purchase on their first visit to a home and often take 2-3 additional visits. The reality of taking this approach is that each time you return to the property one tends to notice different things, features, flaws, etc.

My best advice on making your initial visit it to try to keep it basic....is this a place that I can see myself and my family living comfortably and happily?

Best wishes,

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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Use your 5 senses?

Smell? - gas, moisture, other aromas

Sight? - water stains, cracks in walls, ceilings, floors

Sound? - furnace/ac/bathroom vents, etc - how do they sound when turned on?

Touch? - are surfaces abnormally hot or cold?

Taste? - how does the milk taste in the non functioning fridge? ;-)
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Everthing you can see! Your question suggests to me that you really should work with a good, experienced Chicago Realtor as your Buyers Agent to assist you, not only will that agent find you the
right property for your needs and in your price range and arrange the showings, but that Realtor will
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Buyers Agents for properties listed on the multiple listing service with another brokerage are paid out of
the proceeds by the seller's side. Do not do this on your own.

Make also sure to get pre-approved for the loan by a reputable local lender, your Buyers Agent can assist you in finding a good lender for your financial needs. If you like more information let me know,
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the terms, you will have hopefully hired a real estate attorney to review the contract, during that period of time usually 7 bus days, you the buyer will have a chance to have an inspection done on the property, you have to pay for that, but it will not only get you well acquainted with your new home, while walking through it with the inspector, but you will also find out if there are major problems or only small
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WOW, thanks :)
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Mike Opyd, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Mar 25, 2013
Everything! Layout is going to be huge since this is something that typically can not be changed or is very expensive to do. Dont get stuck on finishes or paint these are easily changeable and finishes change constantly. Keep your senses open as well. If your agent is doing their job they should be pointing out things that could concern you in the future,like electrical or plumbing issues.
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Seth Captain, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Mar 22, 2013
Probably the missing floorboards.

And maybe the squatter living behind that one locked door in the basement.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Mar 18, 2013
Thank you Beccaj. Your recognition means a lot.

Best wishes,

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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Layout, condition, overall feel. Make sure everything seems like its in order and it feels right to you.
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J Maggio, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Mar 13, 2013
When you're out looking for a house to purchase you should pay attention to the layout and flow of the home. Does it have enough size/space for your needs both inside and out. If you're able to, look past the the finishes as they can be changed down the road. Your real estate agent should be looking for defects that are noticeable to the human eye (signs of water damage, abnormal wear and tear, potential issues with mechanicals or appliances).
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