Trulia recently shared a list of things buyers should ignore when they are house hunting, things that are initially turn-offs but are either fixable or not as big a problem as you’d think. If you keep an open mind and look for solutions instead of problems, these dealbreakers can turn into great opportunities. These suggestions can also apply to sellers looking to fix some of their homes’ negative aspects.

An Older Home

Just because a house isn’t brand-new doesn’t mean it wasn’t constructed well. A well-built house will stand the test of time, and a newer house that was slapped together can lose equity faster than a classic home.  An older home is also more likely to have unique charm and character.

Paint Colors and Wallpaper

Ugly paint is easy to fix, it’s one of the cheapest ways to transform a house. Ignore it! The same goes for hideous wallpaper: rip it down or cover it up.

Kitchen Appliances and Accessories

Replacing outdated appliances can be cheaper than paying more for a house that already has a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen. And if you buy the appliances yourself, you’re guaranteed to get what you want instead of dealing with whatever oddball configuration is already in place. Look past the 1970’s fridge and imagine what you could put in its place.

Bad Carpet

Ugly or stained carpet can be replaced more easily than ever these days, with an array of options available that look much nicer than their low price tag might originally suggest. Fake wood, tile, or new carpet will all be better than the cigarette-burned greasy-feeling stuff that’s currently in place, and it won’t break the bank.

Weird Smells

A deep-cleaning of a new home can do wonders to remove lingering odors, as long as it’s not mold!

Curb Appeal

A new front door, redesigned landscaping, or a fresh sidewalk can all do wonders to increase a home’s curb appeal. Just because it doesn’t wow you at first glance doesn’t mean it’s hopeless.

Popcorn Ceilings

This is one of the more inconvenient fixes on our list, as it’s messy and can be expensive, but popcorn ceilings can be stripped away by a specialist, leaving them ready for a fresh coat of paint. No more crunchy little blobs in your carpet!

No Privacy

Hedges and screens of vines or flowers can help an exposed home feel more private.  Decorative frosted or stained glass doors and windows let in natural light without letting passersby see inside, and if you don’t have the budget for full glass, window decals can simulate the frosted look.

frosted glass

For help finding your dream home, or for advice on how you can increase your current home’s value, contact Michelle Stephens at 415.637.1898 or

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Climb Real Estate provides this information to the public and our clients and does not guarantee its accuracy. Climb Real Estate does not necessarily represent the seller nor the marketing company in any way. For buyer representation, contact Climb or learn how to buy new developments.

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