As a potential homeowner, you probably keep your eyes peeled for flaws that may influence your decision to buy a house. However, just like everything else, no house is perfect, so every new home you tour will have a feature or two you may not like. In such cases, should you make an offer or walk away? Here’s a look at home features and flaws that you should ignore before crossing a property off your list.
Old paint or unattractive wallpaper
Don’t let unappealing paint or wallpaper deter you from buying. These are easy fixes that can transform the way a home looks. So, if you do decide to buy the house, you could repaint it or remove old wallpaper yourself or hire a professional to do the work for you inexpensively. Getting everything you want and in perfect condition is almost close to impossible when you’re looking for a house, so most buyers alter the home after they move in anyway and painting is usually the first change.
Tired doors and cabinets
These are inexpensive to replace or repaint and are do-it-yourself projects. Additionally, home stores are stocked with a variety of options and materials that you can choose from to give your home a modern look.
While they may be an eyesore to you, remember that they can be easily removed or replaced.
Minimal closet space or few closet doors
If the house you’re touring does not have enough closet space or doors, don’t walk away. These are minimal fixes and can be done cheaply and in no time.
Differentiate between minor and major fixes
While you shouldn’t let a few minor repairs prevent you from buying the house you want, it’s worth noting that while some fixes are cheap, some are really expensive. Outdated heating, water and air conditioning systems and electrical outlets for instance can be extremely costly to replace, so ask the current owner to replace them prior to signing the agreement or try and negotiate a discounted price for the property. Most importantly, hire a home inspector to pinpoint significant repairs and address them before closing on a property.