We all have an image of our dream home, complete with stunning decor and awesome appliances, but it doesn’t take long to realize that dreams don’t always come true. Compromise is key when it comes to house-hunting, and some things on your wish-list may have to be neglected.
Typically, cosmetic features shouldn’t dictate your choice when buying a home. It’s more important to buy a home that is structurally sound, meets all your needs and is in a great location, than to have the right colour paint on the walls!
A good rule of thumb is to think about what you can easily change yourself in the future for an affordable price. While you might dearly wish for granite countertops, they can be added at any time in the future. On the other hand, fixing outdated wiring or leaky roofs are far more difficult and expensive.
When selling a home, sellers have a box of magic tricks they can use to transform a drab room into something stunning. Well employed staging shows a home at its absolute best, but it’s well worth remembering that the lavish furniture and decor is unlikely to be there when you move in.
From light fittings to curtains, a professional staging service will go all out to impress. Staging is a great way to see the potential a home offers, just don’t be sucked in by it!
Glamorous Garage Doors
As one of the first things you see when viewing a house, a nice set of quality garage doors can make a fantastic first impression. But, like a mask, they can distract from other potential issues inside or out.
Garage doors are relatively inexpensive—especially if they’re not the solid wood variety—and are one of the number one ways a seller can add value to their home. Be sure to take a close look at the doors themselves, but more importantly at what’s behind them.
Chandeliers, spotlights and pendant lights are all immensely popular these days, and for good reason. Light can transform a room and, when fitted with design in mind, even a few spotlights can highlight the best features of your home. But again, light fittings are just the finishing touches and it’s more important that the wiring behind them is in top condition.
A huge variety of light fittings are available, with finishes suiting any budget, making it easy to put your own chandelier or pendant lights in. It can be tempting to fall in love with a beautiful lampshade in situ, but you might find something even better at the store.
Like light fittings, plumbing fixtures come in all shapes and sizes. Top of the wish list for many house hunters are deep, farmhouse style sinks and touchless faucets. Sellers are well aware that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house to make a good impression, and they’ll typically go all out.
But, a stunning sink and faucet might be hiding leaky, outdated pipes and plumbing, leading to blockages and sewage smells. Look beyond the finish and examine the bones to ensure your plumbing functions well, as well as looking great. And remember, such sinks and faucets can be bought and installed for less than $1,000. The same is applicable in the bathroom, with simple renovations requiring only basic tools and a minimal investment.
While a freshly painted room is bound to impress, bear in mind that it may be hiding potential issues such as damp. Look for tell-tale signs in key areas around the windows, doors and ceiling and use your nose — if in doubt, request your home inspector takes a good look.
Don’t be put off by a property that hasn’t been painted recently, especially if there are no signs of water damage or damp. It’s inexpensive to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and you can choose the colours that best suit you.
A customized kitchen also features highly on many a wish list, and a stunning set of new cabinets can quickly sway your decision. But, take a step back and examine what’s behind the doors. Many times, fancy doors are put on bog standard cabinets in order to appear custom — a quick trick that can appeal to many a buyer.
Older cabinets might be a better choice, as long as they’re well-made from durable materials. Doors and any old hardware can easily be replaced to suit your style in the future, but at least you know the base is solid.
The main takeaway here is to focus on the underlying quality rather than the cosmetic mask. Of course, not everything that looks good cosmetically is hiding a defect, but it’s always worth checking. You’re about to spend a lot of money, so don’t be fooled by looks—instead, be sure that your new home is up to scratch.