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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.            




390 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854

Condo

$575,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Delight in the details! Love the location! Beautiful foyer with grand stairway. Live spaciously with 2933 sf, 3BR, 2 Bath historic condex with charming details in every room. Luxurious new stainless kitchen with quartz counters. High ceilings, original hardwood floors, stained glass, lots of natural light, huge closets. View the river’s Pawtucket Falls while dining on your covered balcony. Walk to U Mass Lowell and Downtown. Two-zone high-efficiency central heat & A/C, large secure storage area in the basement. 3-car off-street parking, pet friendly. $2500 BONUS TO SELLING BROKER WITH ACCEPTABLE P&S WITH QUALIFIED BUYER BY DECEMBER 20, 2019. BONUS TO BE PAID AT CLOSING.
Open House
Sunday
February 09 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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48 Mulberry, Ayer, MA 01432

Single-Family

$424,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Seller offering $5000 towards Buyer's closing costs with acceptable offer. Great location within 3 miles of Commuter Rail, The Point, Nashua River Rail Trail, shopping, downtown restaurants, dog park and rtes. 495 and 2. This home offers open, generous sized rooms including 31x23 family room with endless opportunities for decorating and entertaining. Enjoy wrap around porch with front and side stairs to yard plus large private, back deck to enhance your outdoor enjoyment. Walkout basement and 3 car, heated garage. Endless opportunities.
Open House
Sunday
December 01 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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48 Mulberry, Ayer, MA 01432

Single-Family

$424,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Bright & sunny, spacious open concept in a highly desirable location! Walk in & immediately get that open feel w/HW foyer & staircase, large open concept kitchen featuring L-Shaped cabinets/counter w/breakfast bar, newer appliances & 11x11 dining area that opens to incredible 31x23 family room w/French Doors to large, private deck. Spacious fireplaced front living/dining room affords flexibility according to need. Side entrance off kitchen to access yard & porch & 1/2 bath with updated fixtures complete 1st.floor. 2nd floor features new HW hallway, 3 generous bedrooms, full bath w/new fixtures, ample closet space including large Master walk-in closet. This home also features wrap around Farmers porch w/front & side stairs to add to your outdoor enjoyment, plus large walk-out basement for future expansion. Last but not least..3 car heated garage w/no columns. All w/in 3 miles of The Point, Nashua River Rail Trail, dog park, commuter rail, shopping, downtown restaurants & rtes. 495 & 2
Open House
Sunday
November 24 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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390 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854

Condo

$575,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Delight in the details! Love the location! Beautiful foyer with grand stairway. Live spaciously with 2933 sf, 3BR, 2 Bath historic condex with charming details in every room. Luxurious new stainless kitchen with quartz counters. High ceilings, original hardwood floors, stained glass, lots of natural light, huge closets. View the river’s Pawtucket Falls while dining on your covered balcony. Walk to U Mass Lowell and Downtown. Two-zone high-efficiency central heat & A/C, large secure storage area in the basement. 3-car off-street parking, pet friendly.
Open House
Thursday
November 14 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Charming historical townhouse with all the modern amenities. Spacious and sunny with 2900 sq ft. Off street parking. Come see for yourself and enjoy a light lunch.
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Location: 390 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854    Get Directions

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