Shopping For A Home? 4 Cosmetic Problems You Should Always Ignore

Posted on: 6 July 2016

Everyone wants to walk into their future home and fall in love with it instantly. While love at first sight does happen in the world of real estate, it doesn't happen all the time. Many times, buyers have to see beyond cosmetic turnoffs and learn to envision what a home can be in order to find their dream home in their dream location without blowing their budget. So if you're looking to buy a home, strive to look past the tacky, dirty, and plain ugly. Following are four cosmetic problems you should always ignore when touring your potential new home. 

Tacky Paint

Don't let purple, pink, and neon-green walls turn you off from the get go. A simple paint job can quickly and easily transform any tacky home into your tranquil oasis. And painting won't break your budget either. If you plan to paint yourself, you may spend about $100 per room. If you want to hire someone to paint for you, expect to spend about $450 per room, depending on where you live and the size and complexity of the job. 

Wrong Floors

Don't walk away from a home if it has carpeting and you want hardwood floors. Flooring can easily be changed. The size, layout, and location of the home is more difficult, if not impossible, to change. The cost to install hardwood floors averages between $5 to $8, which isn't a lot but may be more than you want to spend on your home before you move in. Don't give up, though. You may be able to negotiate a lower price or have the sellers cover some of the costs. 

Dirty Fixtures

Dirt and grime are always a turnoff, but anything can be cleaned. Try not to let a dirty bathroom or kitchen turn you away. If it can be cleaned with a little bit of elbow grease, try to look beyond the dirt to see the space as it will be when it has been cleaned. 

Dated Decor

Some homes appear very dated due to the furniture and decor that the current occupants have in the home. Try to imagine each home empty or with your stuff in it if you can. 

If you learn to look past easy, cosmetic fixes, you will much better able to find your dream home in your price range. Keep in mind that if a house doesn't show well, you may be able to get it for a discount. 

For more information, contact Team Hodnett or a similar company.