Fixing-Up a Diamond in the Rough
When looking for a home to buy, you will find yourself looking at many open houses and going through many virtual tours. Hopefully, these places will be well-staged, with their attributes highlighted and the clutter of their current owners tastefully tucked away. There are going to be times, however, when this isn’t exactly the case.
While home sellers are strongly encouraged to make their home a welcoming space for potential buyers, some don’t have the time or the money to do some (and some, unfortunately, really don’t care). As a result, you might find yourself looking through homes that are messy, that aren’t staged, that look almost as though the current owner isn’t actually planning on moving at all.
This can be frustrating, but it is important to be able to look beyond appearances, especially if you’re working within a budget or any sort of constraints. The fact of the matter is, no matter how cluttered or disorganized a homeowner’s space might be, when you get the keys and finally enter your home, that clutter will be gone. This means that while viewing a home as a potential buyer, you might need to exercise some imagination to remove the dirty sofa, to clean the grimy windows, to take down the faded curtains and dismantle the crumbling dresser.
If you don’t do so, you run the risk of letting a home’s outward appearance completely sway you one way or another. In a future article, we will talk about the dangers of being swayed by a place that looks too good, but today we are focusing on the diamonds in the rough, so to speak.
When you find yourself being turned off by a home due to poor decoration or disorganized spaces, it is well worth it to check in with yourself (also, if applicable, the person with whom you are buying the home). Are your judgments perhaps too swift? Is there a chance that beneath the ragged exterior there is a solid foundation and a real gem waiting for you?
One of the ways of approaching this situation is by placing an offer that is contingent on a home inspection. This way, you can still make sure that your foot is in the door, but you can write into your offer that the results of the inspection will determine whether or not the offer remains. It’s a great path to ensuring that you don’t miss out on a potentially perfect home.
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