When I was looking for our home, I had a vivid mental picture of what it would look like and it did not include shag carpet and an old kitchen.
House after house, I kept looking for my perfect dream home, despite the fact that I was on a very tight budget. The first day I saw our house, I walked out saying, "Nope!" The second time, my exclusive buyers agent pointed out all the positives-
hardwood floors throughout
backyard backs to woods & looks like a private park
on a cul-de-sac in an established neighborhood with trees
3 full bathrooms
I walked out of my house again but this time, Marshall and I discussed the possibilities.
We loved the brick construction, hardwood floors and beautiful backyard and neighborhood.
I couldn't see past the ugly chandeliers, shag carpet and dingy older windows. The house was stuck in the 70's with a real "Brady Bunch" vibe.
After lots of talking and lamenting about "the perfect house" we bought our home. We've lived here for 21 years-and absolutely love it! Why? Because our house has good bones. With new bigger windows, fresh paint, gleaming hardwood floors and a gorgeous yard-we are very happy.
How does my story relate to you, Home Buyer?
Consider the "not so perfect house" when you find a house that meets your criteria that cannot change. This would include things like;
Is it the right neighborhood? Does the commute work for you and your family? Is the home built well-with solid construction?
If a homes needs paint and updated kitchen and bathrooms but is otherwise perfect-give it consideration. My personal home buying experience is no different from many home buyers today. We've all watched way too much HGTV and want, what we want, right now! But if a house has true potential, and needs mostly cosmetic updates, it could become your dream home.
A final word of caution-my grandfather used to say;
To be honest, the first time I heard him say this, he was describing a guy my sister was dating-but in this case, it accurately describes many houses.
We see poorly constructed homes all over the Greater DC area. Many times, these homes will have new granite counter tops, wall -to wall carpet and maybe updated bathrooms. But the truth is, if the bones of a house are no good-it's a sow's ear!
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