Cosmetic Problems Can Be Easily Fixed
You know exactly what you want; you have it pictured in your head. You’ve just walked out of your tenth Open House with no luck. Think about it; you may have just passed up your dream home because you were distracted by some cosmetic problems that could have been easily fixed.
Sure, there are problems that will not be worth your time and too expensive to fix. If the kitchen needs a complete update, forget it. You hate the bathroom and only a remodel will do, forget it. If you’re looking for an open floor plan, but you will need to move a wall or two, forget it. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other projects can run into some big money that you do not have, or did not want to spend. The Real problems are those that will significantly impact your use and enjoyment of the house now and in the future.
But don’t let cosmetic problems distract you from what could be your dream home. First impressions do make a difference with most people. If you can get beyond the initial shock of that old disgusting carpet and see the entire house for what it really is, you may have just walked in to your dream home. The 30-year old wall paper or the rooms painted in bright bold colors may be hard to take, but these too, can be inexpensive to change. Loose doorknobs, outdated light fixtures or railing on a deck or stairwell may be annoying, or even potentially unsafe, but these problems are also often fixable with basic hand tools and a little effort. If you can’t tighten the screws yourself or if the material involved is old and worn out, you can hire a contractor to fix the problem for a reasonable price.
Flipping a switch that fails to turn on and off a light can be annoying, as can dead outlets, but they are not necessarily signs of large electrical problems.
If you can get beyond the cosmetics that stop you from seeing the house as it could be, then you may want to take a second look at some of those houses you passed up.
Of course, if your idea of a dream home is a ‘fixer-upper,” you shouldn’t have any problem finding it.