Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
I don’t know about you but I think house hunting is so much fun! Everyone has a list of needs and wants when it comes to their dream home. But what happens when you walk into a home and it isn’t really speaking to you? Maybe the walls are covered in wallpaper and the clutter never ends. It can be SO hard to look past the visual noise that but it is so important to try when you are house hunting because, at the end of the day, the clutter isn’t what you are buying. The walls and permanent features of the home are what you are spending your money on. You just need to learn how to picture yourself in that space and determine what you would be able to do with it.
Size, shape, and functionality are all so important when looking at a home. When you walk in, look around to see what other rooms you can see. Are they on the first floor? Second floor? Try to get a feel for the walls that are up and how you would place your furniture in the space. How big are the rooms? Are they a different shape? Be sure that the layout makes sense for you and your family. You should try and imagine the space as empty and determine the functionality of the home that way.
Non-structural finishes are another thing you want to look past. It is important to know how to visualize your decor and a fresh layer of paint on the walls. Painting is a SUPER easy fix for any home. If the price range is what you are looking at, and the functionality of the home is great, then try to look past that awful wallpaper in the kitchen. While it isn’t fun to update, it is a fairly quick and inexpensive update that can make your home feel brand new. Things like, light fixtures and door knobs are also fairly simple updates that you can do in the home.
The decor is always hit and miss when you look at homes. Obviously, everyone’s style is different! Some people might have shelves everywhere for their collectibles, others might have bright neon walls with modern pictures, and the last might be western decor with cowboy pictures and cowboy hats up on the walls. Remember this is their decor. It isn’t staying with the house and if it does you can throw it out or paint over it! Don’t overlook the western decor home for a home that appears to be your decor style. It is easy to do! And odds are, the second home was staged for you too like it. Try to look past all of the decors for the overall functionality, size, and shape of the home. The western home might just be the perfect layout for you and your family!
It isn’t easy to look past other people’s decor and furniture when you walk into a home. But it is so important to remember that the stuff hanging on the walls and the furniture is all going to be gone if you move in. So try to look past it all and imagine how you would and could decorate the home. How would you put the furniture in the room? How would your family fit in the living room and dining room? Imagine yourself there and it will make the process of finding the right home easier.
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