When you are in the process of finding a home for sale, you'll likely see many different homes with reasons that they are just not right for you. However, you may be passing on homes for the wrong reasons. Here are some things you should try to ignore when you are seeing a home for the first time.
1. The Paint Color
One of the easiest things to change in a home that can have a lasting impression is paint color. Unfortunately, this is a thing that some buyers can focus on a bit too much during a tour. The reason for ignoring paint color should be obvious since you can immediately paint the walls as soon as you get the keys. Just make sure to factor in the painting into your budget when deciding on home improvements after you move in.
2. The Landscaping
You need to realize that the current owner may not be that big on gardening compared to yourself. If not, you may pull up to a home and immediately feel that it is ugly and doesn't have curb appeal due to a lack of plants in the front yard.
Once again, the landscaping is something that you have complete control over once you move into the home. Even a basic yard with little to no landscaping can be transformed into something beautiful. Don't judge a home based on its current landscaping but on the potential it can have.
3. The Electrical Panel
Unless you work as an electrician for your day job, you probably should not jump to conclusions when it comes to things such as the electrical panel and if everything is up to code. Feel free to take a look, but know that things that look off shouldn't be deal breakers. You will eventually have the opportunity to have the home inspected, and then you will find out if everything is wired properly.
4. The Flooring
Want a home with hardwood flooring? If so, don't ignore homes that have carpeting. It is possible that there is some beautiful hardwood hiding underneath the carpeting and all that you need to do is have it refinished. The good thing about buying a home is that you will have the perfect opportunity to refinish the floors while the house is completely empty, making this home improvement project easy to take care of.
If you have concerns about a single-family home you are viewing, ask your realtor for their opinion and if it is something that is worth passing up the home over. You may discover that you've actually found a home that you want to buy.