Walking into an open house that looks like a page from your favorite shelter magazine can be comforting, even inspiring. It's easy to see how much potential the home has with decor that's color-coordinated and perfectly styled. You might even start to visualize your own furniture—and family members—in each room!
But while a staged home can accentuate a property's best features, it can also be used to hide some trouble spots.
Whether you're touring new constructions or flipped homes, you can’t afford to be distracted by fake bells and whistles. Here's our list of imperfections that may be hiding in seemingly picture-perfect houses—and how you can identify them during an open house.