What to Look for at Santa Cruz Real Estate Open Houses

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Open houses for Santa Cruz real estate give you the opportunity to see the possibilities for joy – and despair – in your future home. To make the most of an open house, keep these details in mind:

• Neighborhood – Consider school systems, commute times, safety, community, and noise levels. It may be the most gorgeous farm in the world, but if it takes you two hours to get to work, you won't love it in the long term.

 Expensive Problems – While a thorough inspection will turn up any problems, keep an eye out for any obvious problems before you give your heart to a new home. Cracked foundations, crumbling roofs, and moldy walls could require a lot of expensive and time-consuming repairs.

• Appliances – Are the appliances high-end or low-end? Are they twenty years old and likely to need repair or still under warranty? Can you live with them for a few years or not at all?

• Room Layout – Otherwise beautiful houses can be arranged oddly at times. So while you consider basic standard square footage, also think about how useable the space actually is.

• What is that Smell? - Dusty, moldy, musty (or pet odors on par with twelve generations of cat urine sprayed in the basement) smells can tell you where some issues may be hiding in Santa Cruz real estate. Mold speaks to water leaks. Musty odors can highlight poor air circulation. Gusty drafts may indicate poor insulation and gaping holes. In other words, smell can give you an insight into upkeep.

Many issues factor into how much money and time you're willing to spend on a house purchase and on renovations should you proceed with the purchase. Don't ignore the practical issues that limit the livability of Santa Cruz real estate for your particular needs, no matter how lovely the stained glass in the living room windows.

Whether you’re ready to buy or need more information before taking the plunge, I can help. Give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.

For additional information please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.


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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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