Mary O’Brien - The Shamrock Group | East Bridgewater, MA Real Estate, Bridgewater, MA Real Estate


Shopping for a home is an exciting time for any hopeful homeowner. After weeks of scouring listings looking for the perfect home in the ideal location for you and your family, it can seem like you’ve found the needle in the haystack.

When it’s time to go visit that home, it’s easy to put on rose-colored lenses and overlook issues that should, at the very least, be taken into consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not you should make a bid on the home and how much you should offer.

Today’s post is all about preparing you for that first viewing. We’ll give you tips on what to look out for and how to factor these things into your equation when it comes to making an offer.

Check the listing for omissions

Even if a home looks perfect on paper (or on its website listing), it’s still quite likely that there are things you’ll want to know about before considering an offer. A home listing should attempt to address several questions you might have. But ultimately, it’s main goal is to attract interest in the home.

So, what type of things should be in the listing that the seller might leave out?

  • Poor street conditions, heavy traffic, and blind driveways are all things that will factor into your decision but most likely won’t be mentioned in a listing

  • Odors of any kind can be off-putting and difficult to remove. Some homeowners may not even know that their home has an offensive odor if they’ve become used to it.

  • Room omissions. If the home is listed as having two bathrooms but there are only photos of one, this could be a sign that there are problems with the second bathroom that the seller doesn’t want you to see quite yet.

Top dollar home repairs

A professional home inspection will be able to give you an idea of the kind of money you’ll need to spend on renovations in the coming years. But why wait? When touring a home, ask questions about the last time important renovations and repairs were made.

Roofs, septic systems, and electrical work are just a few of the things that are expensive to repair or replace. If the previous homeowner has a small family or lives alone and you plan on moving in with a houseful of kids, you might find that your impact on the septic and electrical systems of the home are too much for the house to handle. You’ll want to take this into account before considering a bid on the home.

Utility costs

The cost of heating a home in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer can be hefty if the home isn’t properly sealed and weatherproofed. Ask the current homeowner what they spend per month on utilities to get an idea of what you might be spending.

Then, take a look at the windows and doors. Cracks, malfunctioning locks, and worn weatherstripping are all signs that the home will need some work to be energy-efficient.

Don’t ignore the little things

Small fixes may not seem like a big deal when viewing a home. They can even deceive you into thinking that you’re getting a good deal by buying a fixer-upper for a price that’s lower than the market average.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that small fixes around the house are a sign that bigger problems are also being neglected. Don’t be too quick to assume the house will be a good deal before getting it professionally inspected.



6 Woodlawn Cir, East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Single-Family

$599,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This stunning Ranch Home is everything you have ever dreamed of and so much more, one owner, custom built, over sized, with full finish- able basement. The home would be a contractors Dream Home (has been for many years). It is a "Florida Ranch" with completely open concept living space in the center of the home and bedroom "suites" on each end. There is an attached one car garage and separate over sized two car work shop! This home offer a full sized laundry room, tons of storage cathedral ceilings, updates through out, a huge three season porch , manicured lawn, and the list goes on and on! When you add to the 1.16 acre lot at the end of a cul de sac and that this home has been stunning well maintained, what more could you ask for.
Open House
Saturday
January 25 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Please feel free to send your buyers!!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 6 Woodlawn Cir, East Bridgewater, MA 02333    Get Directions




Buying a home should be an unforgettable journey, one that enables you to purchase a high-quality house at a budget-friendly price. If you start planning for the homebuying journey today, you may be able to reduce the risk of encountering homebuying hurdles as you attempt to acquire a first-rate house.

Ultimately, there are many important decisions for homebuyers to make before they enter the real estate market, including:

1. Where Do I Want to Live?

As a homebuyer, you'll want to know where you want to go so you can map out your property buying journey.

Consider your current and future plans before you enter the housing market – you'll be glad you did. This will enable you to consider where you'll be in the next few months and years and plan accordingly.

For example, if you currently work in the city and intend to stay at your present job, you may want to search for a home that makes it easy to commute to work.

On the other hand, if you plan to start a family in the foreseeable future, you may want to consider purchasing a home near various top-notch parks and schools.

2. How Much Can I Spend on a House?

You know that you'd like to become a homeowner, but how much can you afford to pay for a residence? Meet with several banks and credit unions, and you can start budgeting for a home.

Banks and credit unions can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. Then, with a mortgage in hand, you can enter the real estate market with a good idea about how much you can spend on a residence.

Many banks and credit unions are available, and they are happy to teach you about the ins and outs of numerous mortgage options. Plus, lenders will respond to your mortgage concerns and queries and help you make an informed mortgage decision.

3. Will I Need to Hire a Real Estate Agent?

If you're on the lookout for your dream home, why not hire an expert to guide you along the homebuying journey? With a real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing your ideal residence.

A real estate agent will provide expert support at each stage of the homebuying journey. As such, he or she will help you set realistic expectations before you begin your search for your dream house.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you informed about new properties as they become available and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. This housing market professional will even offer expert real estate insights that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

When it comes to purchasing a house, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Fortunately, you can hire a real estate agent to help you along the homebuying journey and simplify the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.



6 Woodlawn Cir, East Bridgewater, MA 02333

Single-Family

$599,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This stunning Ranch Home is everything you have ever dreamed of and so much more, one owner, custom built, over sized, with full finish-able basement. As you enter you notice the spacious front foyer with adjoining sitting room, fully open concept living , dining, kitchen and breakfast nook perfect for entertaining. To one side of the foyer there is a Master bedroom with duel closets, a master bath with Jacuzzi style tub and separate step in shower and a duel vanity. At the other side of the foyer you find you amazing laundry room with access to the one car attached garage and basement. Traveling through the Stunning kitchen, and over sized dining room you look out onto a three season porch that runs the whole back of the home. There are then two bedroom (one currently used an office) and a updated full bath. When you add to this that the over sized two detached garage, private location, and that this home has been incredibly well cared for, did I mention new central air, Welcome Home
Open House
Saturday
January 11 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Please feel free to send your buyers.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 6 Woodlawn Cir, East Bridgewater, MA 02333    Get Directions




This stunning Ranch Home is everything you have ever dreamed of and so much more, one owner, custom built, over sized, with full finish-able basement. As you enter you notice the spacious front foyer with adjoining sitting room, fully open concept living , dining, kitchen and breakfast nook perfect for entertaining. To one side of the foyer there is a Master bedroom with duel closets, a master bath with Jacuzzi style tub and separate step in shower and a duel vanity. At the other side of the foyer you find you amazing laundry room with access to the one car attached garage and basement. Traveling through the Stunning kitchen, and over sized dining room you look out onto a three season porch that runs the whole back of the home. There are then two bedroom (one currently used an office) and a updated full bath. When you add to this that the over sized two detached garage, private location, and that this home has been incredibly well cared for, did I mention new central air, Welcome Home

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