When you are viewing homes to purchase, some features might be unattractive or outdated, but they’re not necessarily deal-breakers. This list will help you understand what to ignore while house hunting so that you can better determine if the home is a viable candidate or one to pass on.
- A home’s age: Quality materials, classic style, charm and inherent character can be hard to find in newer builds.
- Paint colors: Repainting is cheap, easy and fast. Focus on the structure of a room, window placement and other permanent features.
- Wonky wallpaper: It might take a little elbow grease, but wallpaper is easily replaced or covered.
- Kitchen appliances: If you leave room in the budget for new furnishings, that avocado-green fridge shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
- Hardware: Drawer pulls, doorknobs and scones are simple to update, so don’t let ugly ones deter you from seeing an otherwise charming room
- Questionable carpet: Don’t cross a home off your list because of ho-hum flooring. You have many options for replacing it that won’t break the bank.
- Funky odors: Except for a serious mold problem, most smells can be eliminated with a powerful deep cleaning.
- Curb appeal: Your agent brought you to the home for a reason: find it! Envision different landscaping or a tidy porch, and you might just see the home of your dreams.
- Popcorn ceilings: Removing that crud can be messy and pricey, but it’s worth doing.
- Lack of privacy: Fences and hedges make great neighbors. Your agent might also have ideas about possible solutions.