Kathy Craig - ERA Key Realty Services


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.            




128 Yew St., Douglas, MA 01516

Single-Family

$489,700
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
There is nothing like new! This amazing four bedroom colonial has beautiful gleaming hardwood floors, open floor plan with a magnificent family room and fireplace, your choice of colors throughout, granite counters and island in a cabinet packed kitchen. Energy efficiency up to today's code. Additional options and upgrades available when working with one of the best builders in our area. Nice wooded lot on a quiet country road. This is a great time to build your own home for so many reasons!
Open House
Saturday
September 14 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
There is nothing like new! This amazing four bedroom colonial has beautiful gleaming hardwood floors, open floor plan with a magnificent family room and fireplace, your choice of colors throughout, granite counters and island in a cabinet packed kitchen. Energy efficiency up to today's code. Additional options and upgrades available when working with one of the best builders in our area. Nice wooded lot on a quiet country road. This is a great time to build your own home for so many reasons!
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128 Yew St., Douglas, MA 01516

Single-Family

$489,700
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
There is nothing like new! This amazing four bedroom colonial has beautiful gleaming hardwood floors, open floor plan with a magnificent family room and fireplace, your choice of colors throughout, granite counters and island in a cabinet packed kitchen. Energy efficiency up to today's code. Additional options and upgrades available when working with one of the best builders in our area. Nice wooded lot on a quiet country road. This is a great time to build your own home for so many reasons!
Open House
Saturday
September 14 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
There is nothing like new! This amazing four bedroom colonial has beautiful gleaming hardwood floors, open floor plan with a magnificent family room and fireplace, your choice of colors throughout, granite counters and island in a cabinet packed kitchen. Energy efficiency up to today's code. Additional options and upgrades available when working with one of the best builders in our area. Nice wooded lot on a quiet country road. This is a great time to build your own home for so many reasons!
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155 Clover Hill Rd, Northbridge, MA 01588

Single-Family

$459,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Amazing colonial in a sought after neighborhood! You will feel right at home as soon as you step onto the farmers porch. Huge eat in kitchen with lots of natural light coming through. Hardwood floors in living room and dining room and the family room has a gorgeous fireplace. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms plus a master bedroom with master bath and walk in closet. Finished area in basement is perfect for movie night or Sunday football! Enjoy your gorgeous private backyard with expanded deck, in ground pool and beautiful plantings. There are storage sheds and a tree house. Over-sized two car garage. Close to everything. Minutes to Route 146 and MA Pike. Your new home is waiting for you at 155 Clover Hill Rd.
Open House
Sunday
September 08 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Amazing colonial in a sought after neighborhood! You will feel right at home as soon as you step onto the farmers porch. Huge eat in kitchen with lots of natural light coming through. Hardwood floors in living room and dining room and the family room has a gorgeous fireplace. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms plus a master bedroom with master bath and walk in closet. Finished area in basement is perfect for movie night or Sunday football!
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218 Oak St, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Wait till you see this charming four bedroom ranch with great updates! Eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances; living room with hardwood; updated full bath and three good size bedrooms.Plus a beautiful master bedroom and master bath. Then there is a fabulous finished room in basement - perfect for movie nights and Sunday football. One car garage with extra storage. Get ready to enjoy your gorgeous patio and fire pit in the backyard.Solar panels to reduce your energy costs! Truly move in ready. Located close to parks, tennis courts and hiking trails. Your new home is waiting for you at 218 Oak St.
Open House
Sunday
September 08 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Wait till you see this charming four bedroom ranch with great updates! Eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances; living room with hardwood; updated full bath and three good size bedrooms.Plus a beautiful master bedroom and master bath. Then there is a fabulous finished room in basement - perfect for movie nights and Sunday football. One car garage with extra storage. Get ready to enjoy your gorgeous patio and fire pit in the backyard.Solar panels to reduce your energy costs!
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