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Questions for Every Room of the Open House

As you walk through an open house, different rooms may inspire different inquiries. With CENTURY 21®Real Estate’s insight, you may find it easier to know what to look for and prepare questions in advance. Take a look at the typical questions each area of the house usually elicits from potential home buyers.

The Front Door

Just seeing the exterior of the house in its neighborhood may lead to the following:

  • When were the windows installed?
  • How old is the roof?
  • What are the neighbors like?

Structural renovations, such as replacing drafty windows or aging roofs, may be costly. Since roofs tend to need replacement every 20 or 25 years, as the home buyer you will want to factor in maintenance costs. Neighbors are not so costly, but they may affect quality of life.

The Kitchen

This room is often the hub of family homes, so it’s important to know its quality beforehand.

  • What are the cabinets made out of?
  • When were the appliances installed?
  • Is the countertop sealed?

Cabinets made of solid wood tend to last longer, and newer appliances usually function better.

The Bathroom

Maintenance issues with this room are often the most inconvenient, for obvious reasons. You will want to make sure that everything is functional before you commit.

  • How old is the plumbing?
  • Where does the sewage lead to?
  • Has it ever been treated for mold?

The Basement

Whether or not the basement is finished, you are sure to want to take a look at it. After doing so, make sure to ask:

  • How old is the wiring?
  • Is there any water damage?
  • Has there ever been flooding?

The Realtor hosting the open house should be knowledgeable about the property and able to answer your questions or get back to you with further information after the open house has ended if needed.