If you are shopping for a house in the Upper Valley you probably spend a lot of time looking at home listings online. When scrolling through home photos you may quickly over look a house with floral wallpaper or wood paneling. It’s important to know your own style and have a clear vision of what you want in a home but it’s also very important not to judge a house before you walk through it. Any home will have issues and there are things that can be fixed like decor and paint color and things that cannot be fixed like location and lot size.
Here are 7 things you may find in an ugly house in the Upper Valley that you should overlook.
1. Wood Paneling or Floral Wallpaper – Wood paneling was very popular in the 60’s and the trend of the past is often an eye sore for home buyers today. But don’t let wall covering that isn’t your current style get in your way of seeing the space. Paneling and wallpaper can easily be removed with a little elbow grease. Wallpaper can be a DIY project while you will probably need a little more help when removing paneling. It’s important to keep these costs in mind when making your offer but don’t miss the great space or good light in a room just because you’re so distracted by the wall paper.
2. Overcrowded Rooms – Some people put very big furniture into average size rooms, making the rooms look much smaller then they are. When you walk into a room that has furniture in it that doesn’t utilize the space well it can be distracting. Take a step back to look at room measurements and window placements to get an idea of how your furniture would fit in the space. If you need help, convert the measurement of the room from feet to inches and create a to scale model of the room with miniature replicas of your furniture to get an idea for the space. This can give you a whole new perspective on how the room will work for you.
3. Poor Curb Appeal – You may have a vision of an adorable cape code style home but this exterior style may not translate into the best interior space for you. If the house for sale in the neighborhood you like is the ugliest house on the block you might be making the smartest decision by buying it. Look at the outside of the home and consider how different it would look with a tree removed from the front yard, or the addition of bushes next to the front steps. Or perhaps the home needs a new siding or paint job. There are a lot of things that can be done to improve the exterior look of a home. From something simple like new bushes to something more complex like the addition of a front porch. Regardless, it can be made better.
4. Appliances and Window Treatments – They may come with the house but you shouldn’t put much value in the appliances and window treatments that come with the home. These items are easy to replace over time and at a relatively low cost.
5. Shag Carpeting – Carpeting can be really nice in some homes. But if you would rather hard wood or tile you may be greatly turned off by a home with carpeting. It can be a hassle but these days companies are offering same day flooring solutions that make it easier to replace that carpeting when you’re ready. Don’t let carpeting be the deciding factor in a home that you are considering. Just plan your purchase with the replacement costs in mind.
6. Pet Odor – If you aren’t a pet person you might be alarmed by a house that smells like animals. It can be a turn off but try to look past it. A deep cleaning and removing all of the previous owners things (and pets) guarantees odor issues will go with them.
7. No Outdoor Living Space – A beautiful deck or patio space might be high on your wish list for a home. But this is such an easy addition if there is space for it on the property. It may be a disappointment not to have a deck or patio the day you move in, but adding an outdoor living area can add resale value and it can be incorporated into your home at anytime, with very little disruption.
The home buying process can be a lot of fun but it’s not always easy. Keep a clear head while you’re shopping for real estate and surround yourself with real estate professionals who can advise you as you navigate your way through buying a home that you will love for years to come. If you haven’t started the pre qualification process, now’s the time. Call Title Mortgage at 603-643-1400 today!