Nine Things to Ignore While House Hunting

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An “Older” Home

Old isn’t always synonymous with bad. Some homes built decades ago have stood the test of time because they were built with solid, quality materials and have a classic style. Don’t assume that new = nicer, either. Some newer homes are “affordable” because they were built cheaply. Buyers should remember that there are many simple fixes for dated homes, and the plus side of an older home is charm and character you can’t find in a brand new build.

Paint Colors

Things that may not be a huge deterrent in the long run can distract buyers. Remind clients to ignore the existing paint choices and focus on the structure of the room, the placement of the windows, and other more permanent features. Paint is an incredibly easy and a cheap fix in a home and something that can be changed in just a couple hours.

Wacky Wallpaper

Like paint, wallpaper is easily replaced or covered over. So no matter how designed challenged the walls seem to look—it’s an easy fix.

Kitchen Appliances and Accessories

The kitchen is the heart of the home and often, the appliances aren’t going to live up to most buyers’ dreams. As long as the buyer leaves some room in the budget, or has a timeline to replace the existing appliances, a seller’s yellow fridge shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Ugly Carpet

Flooring options are getting more and more diverse and there are now so many low-cost options that look exactly like their higher-priced counterparts. Don’t walk away from a great house just because the floor is a bore—or a mess.

Funky Smells

Except for a serious mold problem, there’s nothing a deep cleaning can’t fix. Focus on the bones and the potential it has when you give it your own touch.

Curb Appeal

If your buyer is not saying “wow” when you first drive up, that’s ok. Give the client a heads-up and let them know that reward awaits inside. Tell them to close their eyes and envision a different colored front door and some new landscaping, and presto—it might just be their dream home!

Popcorn Ceilings

It’s great at the movies, but not at home. No worries! A ceiling specialist can come in and have it all that scrapped off. It can be a messy issue and can be pricey, but it’s not the end of the world.

No Privacy

If the house feels too exposed and lacks privacy from next door—there are ways to fix that. Remember “hedges make great neighbors” and you should be prepared to offer your clients smart solutions as to how to remedy the issue.

Until next time….

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