6. Don't get too sucked in by appearances
Buyers should keep in mind that many sellers will try to present their homes in the best possible light. "If the house has been staged, what [potential buyers] forget is that all that stuff is going out when [the sellers] leave," says Needham realtor Harriet Lieb. "Sometimes you're better off buying something that needs a little decorating, because it's going to take on your own look anyway."
Dwyer also recommends looking at the size of the furniture in a home, since it can make a room feel smaller or larger than it really is. Window treatments can sometimes hide an unattractive view or windows that are in desperate need of repair. Music playing can detract from road noise or noise from a neighboring unit.