No home is ever perfect! Today many buyers are searching for the perfect home, and holding off till they find it. Don’t let it hold you back, because no home is ever perfect what ever the cost.
When buying a home, be realistic about what you want. There are many things you can change easily, paint colors and landscaping, some things cost a little more, bathroom and kitchen upgrades and may even require to be done over time.
So don’t let hold back waiting for “the perfect home”, be pro active, make a reasonable list of choices, share it with your Realtor/buyers agent and get ready to enjoy the hunt for your next home so you can start making those family memories.
This article By Aaron Crowe, HSH.com hels us narrow down our priorities.
The house is just about perfect — with a glaring, cringe-worthy exception. Should you make an offer or keep looking?
There is no perfect house. No matter how hard you look or how many homes your real-estate agent shows you, getting everything you want when buying a home — and getting it in perfect condition — is impossible.
Even new homes will have a feature or two you may not like and will want to change.
If you’ve ever toured homes for sale, or watched hard-to-please homebuyers on HGTV’s “House Hunters,” you know there are always kitchen cabinets that are outdated, pink walls to be repainted or bathroom wallpaper that looks like it is 100 years old.
After shopping around for the lowest mortgage rates, you don’t want to walk away from a house you like because it needs a few minor repairs, real-estate experts say. The price of repairs should be factored into what you’re paying for the home, and mortgage lenders can help you pull money out of a home sale. For example, sellers may contribute to the repair bills, and some mortgages, like an FHA 203(k) loan, factor repair costs into the overall loan amount.
Sep Niakan, a real estate broker in Miami, says he’s had clients walk away from homes because they couldn’t see past minor flaws.
“Many buyers want to see an end product. They don’t have a vision for what it could be with just a couple of tweaks,” Niakan says.
So before you decide to cross a house off your list, click ahead for a look at eight minor home flaws that shouldn’t deter you from buying.
This is one of the easiest and cheapest fixes, especially if you do it yourself. Don’t let someone’s poor taste in paint colors keep you from buying. Most buyers Niakan has worked with would rather pay a premium for a house that doesn’t need fixes than take the time and money to do the repairs themselves. That’s true even when the changes would cost less than a “perfect” house, he says. Even buyers of premium homes that don’t need many changes still alter the homes after they move in, Niakan says, and painting is often the first change.
“It’s very, very rare for a buyer to buy a house and not personalize it in some way,” he says.
Grandma may have liked the red velvet wallpaper, but maybe you don’t. It will take work to remove old wallpaper, but it’s easy to do cheaply.
Tired kitchen cabinets
Cabinet refacing can be done inexpensively and can make your old cabinets and drawers look new.
Unfashionable wall-to-wall mirrors
They might have been hip in the 1970s or ’80s, but now those expansive mirrors are eyesores that can be removed and replaced with a fresh paint job.
Drab window treatments
They may be one of the first things you notice when you walk into a house. You can either offer them to the sellers, or throw them out and replace them with window treatments you like.
Broken heating or cooling system
While buying a new furnace or air-conditioning system is expensive, some fixes are not. A pump for a boiler, for example, may cost a mere $250, so having to fix one shouldn’t necessarily stop you from buying an otherwise good home, says Jerry Grodesky, a real-estate in the Chicago area.
“It is a perception that people have, and they start hyperventilating about the most minor, inconsequential things,” Grodesky says.
A lack of closet doors
“I’ve seen buyers walk away from a house because the closet doors are missing,” Grodesky says. “And I’m like, ‘Do you realize how minimal a fix that is?'”
Discolored bathroom grout
Buyers who see this may mistake it as a sign of a moldy house. While mildew can lead to problems, ask a home inspector if it’s something that can be fixed with a little scrubbing.
It’s a buyer’s market out there, but homebuyers are still more cautious than they were before the recession, Grodesky says. That said, you shouldn’t be so tentative that you let a few minor repairs prevent you from buying the house you want. Negotiating the fixes into the price of the home will make the repairs easier to swallow, although today’s low home prices and rock-bottom mortgage rates should be enough incentive, he says.
“If you’re getting a deal, then you can be a little more forgiving in what you see in the house,” he says.
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