A full 94% of sellers do some "staging," such as repainting or bringing in new furniture, says Coldwell Banker. "You can be so wowed by staging that you overlook important things," says San Jose Realtor Carl San Miguel.
To focus on what matters, lift rugs to look at floors, ask the agent to turn off music so you can listen for nearby noise, and beware of any smells masked by candles. Also request a disclosure sheet, which lists known structural issues.
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