Finding the right home to buy is a process. The typical home buyer looks at around 10 homes before making an offer. If you are on your 30th home and still can’t find something that you like, perhaps you are paying attention to the wrong features when you are viewing homes. Below are a list of things that you SHOULD NOT dwell on when buying a home and what you need to consider instead.
Paint colors, inside and out, can always be changed! Instead of seeing unappealing paint colors as a turn-off, look at them as an opportunity personalize the home to your liking once you move in by repainting. If you’re concerned with the amount of work that painting involves, you should know that painting is an inexpensive project to hire out
*Instead of paint color, pay attention to a home’s architectural details.
Never pay attention to the furniture in a home for sale because more than likely, it’ll be leaving with the home sellers! And even if the furniture comes with the home, it can easily be sold at a garage sale or donated to a local charity, many of which offer free pick-up.
*Instead of the seller’s furniture, pay attention to the size and layout of each room.
Window treatments do typically stay with the home, but they are so easy to swap out that they should never be considered when purchasing a home. For most new homeowners, it’s exciting to change out window treatments to fit their design preference.
*Instead of window treatments, pay attention to the energy efficiency of the windows and the light they allow into the home.
Light fixtures also stay with the home, but as with window treatments, swapping them out with something new is a simple DIY task. Updating light fixtures is an easy way to personalize the home to your taste. If the light fixtures that you are removing are in good condition, you can probably even get a few bucks for them by listing them on Craigslist!
*Instead of light fixtures, pay attention to the electrical wiring and notice if rooms have the capability for overhead lighting.
Most parents and pet owners desire homes with fenced in yards. They offer privacy and security and are certainly nice to have! But never rule out a home if it doesn’t have a fence because they are relatively easy and inexpensive to install yourself.
*Instead of fencing, pay attention to other details of the yard such as size and slope.
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