You have viewed 15 properties on your seemingly endless search for the perfect house. None have met your high expectations, and you simply do not see yourself living inside those terribly painted walls. Is it time to throw in the towel and consider other options? Many buyers are turned away from potentially great Red Deer real estate simply because they have been poorly staged or inadequately maintained.
The structure is there, every want and need has been met, but an obnoxious color palette or toddler art pieces on the walls is enough to send you out the door. What shoppers do not realize is that they can use these pitfalls to their advantage when the time comes for negotiations. You may end up getting your dream house, a diamond in the rough, for a great price. Here are the reasons why you should buy the poorly staged home.
1. You Can Always Paint
Painting is one of the easier ways to turn an ugly house into a magazine-worthy home. If you walk into the front door at your next property tour and are met with bright pink walls, do not tuck tail and head for the hills. The color of the walls can always be changed. Consider the space and your own unique style preferences; are they compatible in this house? Ignore the existing wall color and imagine the space after you have totally repainted.
2. You are Not Buying Their Furniture
Poorly arranged furniture and home decor can make the rooms in a house seem way too small or large, turning away buyers. The reality is that any space is workable — if you know how to properly design an interior. If you are not planning to buy new furnishings, imagine your furniture in the home and ignore that of the current home owner. If you can see your furnishings fitting well in the space, you might have found the perfect property.
3. The Yard can be Fixed
Yes, it will take a lot of work to mow the grass, plant a garden, create a patio and perfect your barbeque area but, for the price at which you are getting this perfect home, it is worth it. If you are concerned with the landscaping, consider asking for the property to receive professional maintenance at the negotiation table. Keep in mind that you can always add additions to your outdoor spaces so that they better suit your wants and needs. Rather than solely seeing the current desperate state of the yard, imagine the space at its very best.
4. Blemishes are Your Advantages
If a house is poorly staged, chances are that most potential buyers are walking away. This gives you an opportunity to offer a lower number with an increased potential that it might actually be accepted. If there is any damage to be fixed or things inside and outside the home that need to be changed, consider bringing up these points while deciding on the terms of purchasing the property.
For more information, visit our buying page or contact a Red Deer Real Estate representative today.