“Should I Worry About This?”… What to Ignore When Buying a Home | Scott Johnson

“Should I Worry About This?”… What to Ignore When Buying a Home

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When you’re buying a home, it’s normal to feel emotional—and make decisions based on things that may not be as important later.

But in a competitive housing market like today’s, it may be to your advantage to learn to overlook a few cosmetic issues that are easy to fix later.

So what should you ignore when evaluating a new home? The goal is to focus on the home’s size, layout, bedroom plan, and neighborhood—and whether it meets your family’s overall needs. Here are a few easy things to overlook:

Outdated appliances.

Sure, the dishwasher is 20 years old. But does the home have enough space, yard, bedrooms? It’s more important to focus on these crucial items. Appliances can be replaced.

Bad carpet.

Old, worn, frayed, stained, or outdated carpet can quickly be replaced in the right home—before you move in.

Old paint and wallpaper.

Don’t panic if you see bad paint colors (or old wallpaper) in the house. The house can easily be repainted once it’s empty, and wallpaper can be steamed off.

Poor entryway.

Even if the shrubs are dying and the front porch is peeling, you can fix these yourself—in as little as 1 weekend. If you don’t like the front door, you can also repaint it or replace it with a newer model.


The house may be loaded with the current owner’s clutter, toys, papers, and junk—but may be a gem underneath. Try to imagine it empty, or with your own furniture inside.

Dark rooms.

Did you know that new light fixtures can easily be added, even to an older home? With so many contemporary options—track lighting, spotlighting, drop lights, and recessed lights—you can change the look and brightness of a single room, or an entire floor.

Outdated ceilings.

Don’t like the old popcorn ceiling? Have it scraped off and repainted.

Scrubby lawn.

In only 1 season, you can rehabilitate an overgrown, scrubby, or weedy lawn—so don’t write off a great house with a bad lawn. If you’re intimidated by the job, ask your ReeceNichols agent for a referral to a good lawn professional.

Wooden paneling.

Yes, a few houses still have wooden paneling (or cording) on the interior walls. Replace these with simple drywall and paint in a color of your choice.

Found a home you like—but you’re not sure if the issues are major, or minor?Contact us today, your ReeceNichols agent can help.