If you’re on the home-buying journey for the first time or the first time in a long time, you may have the image of the “perfect” home in mind — every wall a color you love, the best flooring, and the perfect backyard. While there’s a chance you may find your dream house, it is more likely that you’ll find that house with a few exceptions. So where should you draw the line? Are there things you should ignore if the price and location are right? The answer is yes! There are some things you can ignore while home shopping if, it means checking the rest of your boxes. Here are some of the things you can overlook if you are considering making an offer on a home that has the perfect location or layout.
While it may be tempting to wait for a home with new carpet or freshly painted white walls, overlooking old carpet or vibrant wallpaper can help you get your otherwise dream-home. Replacing the carpet or painting the walls doesn’t have to be an expense for you, and it is something you can negotiate with the seller to get the best deal on your home.
ROOMS BEING ‘MISUSED’
You may walk into a house and see workout equipment next to a fridge, or a bed in a living room. Don’t let a room being used for something which seems odd, or is just plain bizarre, keep you from loving a house. It may be hard to picture your furniture somewhere, but use your imagination and give the room, and house, a chance. An exercise room today can easily be your kitchen next week (or the swimming pool) WHAT!!! ??
Some sellers choose to not remove personalized items before putting their house up for sale. It can be overwhelming to enter a home covered with photos of someone else’s family. While that may be the case, it is important to keep in mind that all that personalization will be gone if you buy the home. Ignore what you can’t change and consider whether you can make the home your own.
I encourage people to look for the positive, use your critical thinking skills, be ready to act quickly. Don’t move in mentally however until the deal is done. That can be pure heartbreak and, in most cases, your Realtor will have warned you of this possibility. No home is going to be perfect. Undoubtedly, there will be a concession or two. My husband gave up the shop and we rented a huge storage unit that is even better. Even when building a custom home, the lot often determines what style home will fit on the property. The builder controls when it will be completed and change orders you make greatly challenge that deadline. There is stress when moving, buying, building or selling. Try not to add to that stress by nit-picking (and I mean this in a loving way) the color of a wall. That’s what Sherman Williams or Behr paint is all about.
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The bottom line, Decide Which Stress
you can handle and if it is just too much right now, don’t do it. You are in control of this and, your Realtor only wants what is best for you. Talk to them, share your excitement or anxiety about the process. They can help you through the stresses of the process, but they are not psychic. Communication is critical. If you really want to find that home in the area you want, with the schools you want, in the price range you want, then Don’t Sweat the Small Things.
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