Published on April 16th, 2015 | by Monica Gibson0
Trends come and go but your home is a constant and where your story begins. Shopping for a home and selling your home can often be overwhelming. Our list of “must haves” or expectations can lead us astray. To a Homeowner the flowered wallpaper and shag carpet in the family room are comforting and the backdrop of many treasured family memories. To a Buyer they are tarnished trends of yester years.
Recently, while doing an open house at a lovely home in a great neighbourhood, I had a visitor who entered the front door and said, “Oh look honey, it has carpet, I am not going in”. The home has a beautiful private backyard backing onto trails and a commanding view of the ski hills and mountains, but this visitor could not get past the carpet. Ripping out old carpet and installing new flooring is easy and may not break the bank but finding a great home with a great location should be the first priority.
Television shows such as ‘The Property Brothers’ are full of ideas and inspiration for transforming homes and increasing your investment. So create that wish list of “must haves” that will help you narrow down the criteria when looking for a home but keep an open mind to possibilities and simple fixes that you can make.
“Granite Countertops are a must”, is a common item for home buyers. What is the cost per square foot to install a countertop of your choice? Ask some questions; of your Realtor, local contractors and local retail outlets. Popcorn ceilings and flowered wallpaper, your Realtor will have a list of tradesmen who can alter this before you move in. No stainless steel appliances? You can sell existing appliances or donate to a charity.
These items are simple fixes that your Realtor may be able to negotiate into the agreement of purchase and sale. Renovations allow you to customize a home and tailor it, so that you and your family can live your best story. Remain clear on the fundamentals that will directly impact your quality of life. The home of your dreams may be cloaked in tired old trends but by applying your vision the trendy house of the 60’s can be stripped and polished to create your chic millennium dream home.
Sales Representative Century 21 Millennium,