Here’s another post from my “News You Can Use” Client newsletter…
No property is perfect – each one you come across will have its flaws, but while some are justifiable grounds for crossing a home off your list, others aren’t.
Below are four things that shouldn’t be dealbreakers.
Outdated or ultra-modern: whatever the reason you’re turned off by a potential property’s décor, keep in mind that this is a cosmetic flaw – in other words, it’s a problem that’s easily solved. If you can’t look past the gaudy wallpaper, stained carpeting, and/ or shabby cabinetry, you might just miss out on a property perfectly suited to your needs.
A home in need of significant (read: costly) work is one you’d be justified in walking away from. But problems of a “leaks and squeaks” nature – faucets, cupboards, and drawers needing a little attention, for example – are minor, and relatively easy and inexpensive to repair; as such, they shouldn’t put you off an otherwise sound property.
Certain odours – the smell of mold for instance – are always cause for concern, and you wouldn’t want to live near a factory that produces a foul smell, of course. But odours from cooking, smoking, or pets, while unpleasant, can be dealt with; walls can be washed and repainted with odour-eliminating paint, and carpets can be steam cleaned, for example.
Sometimes, buyers write off a property before they even see it due to the listing itself – perhaps the photos are unflattering, the price seems too high or low, or it’s been on the market for a long time. Consider that if your real estate representative shows you such a listing, there must be a reason – give it a chance.