Attending open home inspections in search of your ideal property is highly exciting! However, you will often find that there are a few issues on an otherwise fantastic property that are holding you back from moving forward.
Rather than eliminating the property based on these issues, have a closer look and consider if these things have a relatively easy and not too expensive solution?
Before attending open home inspections, it’s a good idea to write a list of your top five needs in a property, so you are clear on your ‘must haves’, as opposed to the things you would ‘like to have’.
When attending open homes, have this list handy to keep you on track. Then take a note of any issues; perhaps take photos of them for you to evaluate later. These photos can then be used to send to tradespeople for an opinion on what can be done (and a price). You may be surprised as to the outcome!
Here are a few examples of issues and fixes:
Poor construction of walls or floors may seem like a huge issue, but may be easy to fix. Some walls can be demolished to open up areas of the house, and floors fixed, or new floors placed over the top to gain what you are looking for.
Don’t be discouraged by the ugly tiles in the perfectly sized bathroom or kitchen. Tiles can easily be replaced. Many hardware stores also have modern flat-pack cabinetry that are easy to put together and install; and many can also install custom made timber, stone or acrylic bench tops.
Not enough storage
If there is a lack of storage, consider building a shed, built-in wardrobes, or purchase a lovely set of drawers to serve your needs.
If there isn’t any heating or cooling in the property, it is easy to get a local air conditioning company to install – and it certainly adds value to the property. Also consider insulation to keep the temperature constant and to reduce your power bills.
The backyard is often full of opportunities. Adding a pergola, BBQ area, paving, and beautiful gardens are all straightforward projects that will not break the bank.
Finally, when attending an inspection, don’t hesitate to ask the real estate agent as many questions as you like. He or she may also be able to offer you some useful suggestions to get the property looking exactly as you would like.
For real estate service and advice, contact the professionals at Harcourts – The Property People on 4628 7444.