10 Things You Should Ignore While House Hunting

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When you view homes, some features might be unattractive or outdated, but they’re not necessarily deal-breakers.  How can you ignore easy fixes like eye-watering paint colors and focus on inherent issues that might require more time and money to correct? It is possible to see past the cosmetic issues and find the gem underneath! 

Our list can help buyers understand what to ignore while house hunting so that they can better determine if the home is a viable candidate or one to pass on


1.   A home’s age-Quality materials, classic style, charm and inherent character can be hard to find in newer builds

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2.  Paint colors-Repainting is cheap, easy and fast. Focus on the structure of the room, window placement, and other permanent features.


3.  Wonky wallpaper-It might take a little elbow grease, but wallpaper is easily replaced or covered.


4.  Kitchen appliances-If you leave room in the budget for new features, that avocado-green fridge shouldn’t be a deal breaker.


5.   Hardware-Drawer pulls, doorknobs and sconces are simple to update, so don’t let ugly ones deter you from seeing an otherwise charming room

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6.  Questionable carpet-Don’t cross a home off your list because of ho-hum flooring. You have many options for replacing it that won’t break the bank


7.  Funky odors-Except for a serious mold problem, most smells can be eliminated with a powerful deep cleaning


8.  Curb appeal-Your agent brought you to the home for a reason: find it! Envision different landscaping or a tidy porch and you just might see the home of your dreams.

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9.   Popcorn ceilings-Removing that crud can be messy and pricey, but it’s worth doing.


10.  Lack of privacy-Fences and hedges make great neighbors. Your agent might also have ideas about possible solutions.

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Don't pass up what could be the house of your dream over easy fixes!  It is amazing what a little time and hard work can do.  Happy house hunting!


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