Here are some things that we always look for when we show a house.

  • Outside

    Is the house on a downhill or uphill slope? Downhill can present drainage issues and uphill can make winter access difficult.
    Do most of the rooms in the house face south or east?
    Can you get into the house from the garage?
    Is the entrance covered? Imagine bringing groceries in.
    Look at the roof from the curb and again up close. How old does it look? Is there a ridge vent?
    How appealing and low maintenance is the landscaping?
    Are the driveway and walkways maintained?
    Check out the exterior finish. Is it low maintenance like brick, stone, stucco or siding?
    Are the soffits and windows capped and maintenance free?
    How new are the windows?
    What exterior “rooms” does the house have? Patio? Deck? Porch?
    How old does any outside HVAC unit look?

  • Inside

Look at the kitchen first. How new are the appliances?
What are the counters made of?
How attractive are the cabinets?
Do they go all the way to the ceiling?
Is there a pantry?
Is there room to eat either at a counter or at a table?
How much light gets into the kitchen and can you see out of a window from the sink?

  • Basement

    Check basements first for evidence of water—lines on the walls or everything sitting up off the floor. Do the sniff test—it is the best way to know if there has been a problem.
    Is there a sump pump with a French drain?
    If the laundry is here, is it pleasant?
    Is there a sink?
    Generally, is it finished or unfinished? How well? Ceiling panels or drywall?
    Next look at the heating system. Type? How old does it look? Read any maintenance records.
    What is the size and age of the water heater?
    Is there an oil tank? Is it in the basement or underground outside? How old does it look? Any leaks underneath?
    How new and neat does the electric panel appear?
    Is there any access to the outside from the basement? Windows?

  • Attic

    Here you should see adequate insulation, check any HVAC units and notice any roof leaks.

  • Bathrooms

    Does the bath have the necessary tub or tub and shower combination for your use?
    How high are the vanities?
    Tile or plastic tubs and surrounds?
    Ventilation?

  • Rest of the House

    Look for signs of maintenance having been done properly—caulked tubs, downspout extensions, painted garages and closets—not because you need these things but they indicate a level of care that you want
    Consider the storage—where will you keep winter coats and the vacuum cleaner?

 

Finally, and maybe most important: Does it “feel like home” to you?

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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