If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’ve probably been doing research and viewing houses left and right in search of the perfect match. If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. It’s easy as a newbie to become swallowed up by all the options and different choices you have available to you. It’s common for first-timers to fall into the habit of scrutinizing a potential home as-is instead of thinking about it in terms of personalization. It’s easy to be put-off by a room that’s painted a funky color or shabby-looking carpet in the hallway.
Ultimately, you’re searching for a place that will be yours and match your personality. But unless you have the money to afford a house that’s move-in ready, or you happen to be lucky enough to stumble across a perfect house that’s within your budget, you’ll probably have to expend a little time and energy to spruce up your new property to turn it into a comfortable home. Instead of dreading the extra work, have some fun with it! After all, being able to make modifications is part of the fun of being a homeowner.
A house on the market still has its previous owners’ personality attached to it. If you find a house with great bones – an ideal floor plan and the features you desire – try not to focus on the tacky wallpaper or outdated choice of floor tile. It can be scary to think about DIY, especially if you are inexperienced, but there are many minor changes you can make to easily transform a home. A fresh paint job will do wonders for a house. Even something simple, such as giving your front door a vibrant color, can really make your house pop. Couple that with a simple and low-maintenance flower garden in your front yard, and you’ll have a façade that’s the envy of the street. Even bigger and more time consuming projects are more worthwhile in the long run. Replacing carpet and retiling a floor is a lot simpler than finding a house with a carpet color or tile design you prefer.
The next time you view a house, let your imagination flow. Try to imagine its curb appeal and think about what you can do to make that a reality. The solution might be a lot easier than you think.