Superficial Problems With A Home For Sale You Should Try To See Past

Posted on: 30 December 2015


If you are on the market for a new home, you might think that you have a pretty clear cut list of deal breakers. There might be outdated areas of homes for sale that will scare off a lot of potential buyers, but aren't actually too hard to fix. Here are four superficial problems in homes for sale that your real estate agent would recommend trying to see past.

1. Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings can age the appearance of a home, and might scare off other potential buyers. If you find a home that might be perfect aside from the ceilings, this can be an easy fix right before you move in. An inspection of the home will let you know if ceilings are in danger of asbestos. If so, you can make sure you have a specialist remove this. You can then go on to texturing and painting your ceiling, giving this a more modern look.

2. Dated Doors and Cabinets

If doors in cabinets in a home are older or stained dark wood, this can give a home a dated appearance . Try to envision what this will look like with a fresh coat of white paint. This can brighten a home and help update a dated home overall.

3. Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

If you are on the open house circuit, you may run into some homes that have wall-to-wall carpeting. Older carpeting can be discouraging because this can date a home, hold in odors, and might have a dingy appearance. Don't forget that you can rip out flooring and start new. Laminates and low pile carpeting are inexpensive and can be a major upgrade to older or shag carpeting.

4. Older Appliances

If appliances haven't been updated in years, this might make a home less appealing to other potential buyers. If you can see past this and budget in new appliances along with your move, your home can be easily transformed. You don't have the break the bank with the newest or most expensive models, but modest, modern appliances can give your home an immediate upgrade.

If you are on the market for a new home, your budget might cause you to have to make a few choices when it comes to homes. There are superficial things that your real estate agent can point out that you can fix easily once you move in. Take advantage of homes with potential that others might overlook. If you can see past a home's outdated decor, you will be at an advantage. Contact a real estate agent, such as Charles L Moles Real Estate Services, for more information.