So, you’ve decided to buy a house. Chances are you have a good idea of what you want, and an even better idea of what you don’t want. With all these ideas in your mind, looking at houses can become overwhelming. While there are a lot of things that can be deal breakers for buying a home, there are some things that are not as bad as they seem. If you have found a home that is otherwise right for you, here are some things to look past when making your decision to buy:
- FUNKY WALLPAPER AND UGLY PAINT - A house that is move-in ready is great, but sometimes the perfect house just needs a little TLC. Wallpaper can be removed and a new coat of paint can do wonders to improve the look of a home that has good bones. These small cosmetic changes do not have to break the bank. So, try to ignore the weird wallpaper and unfortunate paint jobs and keep in mind that this is a DIY project you can handle! How to Remove Wallpaper
- HOW A ROOM IS USED - The people currently living in the home might be using rooms in ways that you do not care for. For example, maybe they have converted their formal dining room into a playroom for their children. Or perhaps they needed and office more than a guest bedroom. Just because they have the home arranged that way, does not mean that you must keep it that way. Try to overlook the way they have the rooms set up and picture the way you would use them. It might be challenging for you to “see” it, but if this is your dream house, you don’t want to let something this minor stop you from buying it. 25 Smart, Inspiring Ways to Use a Spare Bedroom
- DIRTY CARPET - Ugh…there is nothing worse than nasty, worn out carpeting in a house. But if you love everything else about a home, do not let dirty carpet be a deal breaker for you. Like wallpaper and paint, it is easily replaced. Often, you can even negotiate for new carpet (or the cost of it) in your offer. If the owner is anxious to sell, they just might be willing to replace the carpet for you.
- THE OWNERS’ BELONGINGS - While many Realtors recommend that sellers remove as many personal items as possible before showing their home, not all sellers comply. A lot of “stuff” can be very distracting and make it difficult to really see the house as your own. But if the house is everything you are looking for - right location, right size, right style etc., do not let all that stuff ruin it for you. Look past all their clutter and try to picture the space with your furniture and belongings.
If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500!
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