Every real estate agent advises his or her listing clients to clean, de-clutter, and de-personalize their home before it goes on the market. Unfortunately, not all homeowners take that advice.
The result: You as a homebuyer may become distracted by the irrelevant and fail to recognize a home that could be "just right" for you.
Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you view homes:
Worn carpeting is an opportunity. The price has either been reduced for this defect or you may be able to get a carpet allowance. Either way, it means you can live with brand new carpeting in the color and style you choose. Apply the same thinking to other floor coverings and paint.
Stay focused – Ignore the family photos, the trophies, the collections on display, and the interesting furnishings. The puppy may be cute, but don't let him capture your attention. None of those items comes with the house, and they're not why you're there.
Look past decorating that's not your style. All those things will be removed – you'll be decorating in your own style. An ugly couch or bedspread has nothing to do with the house.
Pay attention to the size of the rooms and the placement of doors, windows, and built-ins. Even if the room is over-full, try to visualize how your own furnishings would fit.
View each room with an eye toward how you'll use it – not how the current residents are using it.
Visualizing yourself living in a home that hasn't been properly prepared for sale is more difficult. But do your best to focus on the home – and not on what's in it.
You just might find a "diamond in the rough" at a price that will keep you smiling for years to come.
When you're ready to find a new home in Vancouver, get in touch. It will be my pleasure to help you find the one that's "just right" for you. Just give me a call at 604-551-4129 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.