It’s better to find out that you’re just not that into a house before you sign on the dotted line. But when you’re ready to commit, real estate law firm Feld Kalia can help make sure things go smoothly.

Every homebuyer has been through at least one major disappointment while on the house hunt. It starts when you see a listing that you know in your heart is too good to be real. While it may be photogenic, the facade begins to unravel (sometimes literally) when you show up for a viewing.

Here are 11 house hunting situations where you might find yourself saying, “You’re not the house I thought you were…”.

1. Your ex happens to live next door. And things didn’t exactly end amicably.

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2. The previous owner left a creepy doll behind… and you could have sworn it was in the living room a few hours ago.

creepy doll 2 Photos: RedFin

3. You find out the mountaintop villa plopped on top of the apartment building wasn’t built to code.

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4. No one told you that you needed to power the house yourself.

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5. The house has been inhabited only by dozens of six-toed cats for several decades.

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6. Whoever wrote the listing seemed to think “close to a major highway” was a selling point.

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7. Wait, is this a Bluth Company model home?

Arrested-development-model-home-falling-apart Photo: Fox

8. Removing all the “greenhouse” equipment from the basement would be too big a hassle.

greenhouse 1 Photo: Ottawa Police

9. The home starred in a TV show called American Horror Story: Murder House.

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10. You need to diet just to fit in the house.

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11. Privacy turned out to be a bigger issue than you expected.

transparent-house Photo: Forgemind ArchiMedia/Flickr

Meeting your dream house for the first time this Valentine’s Day? Find out how Feld Kalia can help you two hit it off.

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