Don’t let that ugly paint in the kitchen be a deal breaker! For that matter, don’t let any paint color put you off of a home you like. You can always repaint. Similarly, if the seller’s fuzzy toilet seat cover stresses you out, don’t worry — they’ll take it with them when they go. It can be hard to envision your stuff in a home that currently clashes with your personal style, but try to remember decor is easily changed and offers you the opportunity to tailor things to your own tastes. They may have a treadmill in the kitchen or creepy family pictures in every room, but don’t let it bug you. You know selling is just as stressful as buying. Some sellers just do not get their homes in the best condition before showing and sometimes they are not even clean before listing. We would like to give you a few suggestions that may put you off when you are shopping for a home, but should not stop you from making an offer.
Dirty Carpet and Awful Wallpaper
Just bring a tape measure to make sure there actually is enough room for your belongings and focus on the condition of the house as opposed to its decor. The continuously connected, mobile-ready millennial home buyer prefers a home that is move in ready. Just remember painting walls and replacing carpet is not overwhelming or expensive and you could even do these projects before moving into your new home. It can be hard to envision your stuff in a home that currently clashes with your personal style, but try to remember decor is easily changed and offers you the opportunity to tailor things to your own tastes.
Rooms Being Strangely Used
For the dining room, the popular vote is for dark, hardwood floors, matching furniture and neutral wall coloring. The most popular living room style is an open floor plan with plentiful lighting, and large windows. And in the master bedroom, many like to see a beautiful chandelier, soothing yet bright coloring, with plenty of windows and lighting. But it is not uncommon to see a home’s dining room transformed into an office. Some homeowners even have a bedroom doubling as a walk-in closet. Just because the seller is using these spaces in a way that suits them doesn’t mean you have to. Try and measure the rooms and imagine your possessions and decor for those rooms. It would probably take less than a day to transform the space into your own style.
You’ll soon find that everyone and their brother has an opinion about your potential new home, from the color of its exterior to the quality of the finishes inside. If you feel as though a particular piece of unsolicited advice may be helpful, by all means use that wisdom. Fortunately, though, you can simply ignore anything else. You’re the one who’ll be living there and paying the mortgage. Ultimately, the only person you need to please when you pick your house is you.
Ignore the Seller’s Presence
A home that is too personalized or where the seller is always present is uncomfortable for the buyer and it makes the buyer feel like they need to be on their best behavior and can not explore the house, dig deep into closets or feel free to talk out loud about defects they see in the home. The best homes for buyers are those that are neutral and lacking any items specific to the owner. Typical consumers today have a hard time seeing through a seller’s mess, personalized design style or custom changes. Sellers who sabotage their home sale — whether intentionally or not — leave money on the table for the buyer. Do not be intimidated by the seller.
Tom Reese has 20+ years experience in helping his clients sell their homes for a price that sells and makes them a profit. Tom has helped his clients buy and sell property in every neighborhood in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
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