How to Evaluate a Home’s True Potential

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably developed a pretty clear mental picture of what your new home should be like. But remember that even a home that’s not in ideal condition can still have great potential.


Here are some tips to help you look beyond bad decorating, old carpet and ugly wallpaper to see a jewel in the rough:


  • The floor plan is extremely important. Look at entrances and exits, where the rooms are located and how foot traffic will flow throughout the home. A good floor plan is worth a lot, especially when you consider the cost of changing it.


  • Walls and floor coverings make an important first impression. Paint is relatively inexpensive, so imagine the walls in the colors you would choose. Carpets and vinyl floor coverings can be removed and replaced, hardwoods can be refinished.


  • The kitchen is usually the center of any home. Paint and new appliances can make a huge difference if you don’t like what's there now. The most important thing to consider is whether it has enough counter and cabinet space to suit your needs.


Unless you're building your dream home, you will probably never find the perfect house. So before you make an offer, keep in mind what you can't live without and what you can improve upon with some well-placed upgrades and improvements.


If the house is cluttered and not as clean as you would like, remember that it will look different with your belongings and a thorough, professional cleaning is always an option.


If the exterior of the home doesn't have a great deal of curb appeal, just imagine it with a fresh coat of paint and new landscaping.


Please call or send me an email if I can help with more ideas on how to see past the surface when looking at a potential new home.
Ryan Gillen


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