Should You Buy the "Less Than Perfect" Home?

 

When you’re shopping for a new home, you want to find a property that has

all the features and characteristics you want. A large deck surrounded by

picturesque landscaping ... a beautiful kitchen with gleaming marble

countertops... a cozy finished basement with fireplace....

You should look for the ideal home. You deserve it! But some home buyers

make the mistake of becoming fixated on finding the "perfect" property, and

passing too quickly on those homes that don't quite measure up.

Why is that a mistake? Because some of those less-than-perfect properties

have the potential of becoming your next dream home.

First of all, a home that is lacking some desirable features, such as a

finished basement, will probably cost less. Those savings may be more than

enough to cover any needed upgrade or renovation.

Secondly, if you look at a home in terms of its potential, rather than the

features it happens to have now, there will be more properties available on

the market for you to consider.

If you're determined to have a large wrap-around deck for entertaining, for

example, don't cross homes that don't have this feature off your list. At least

not yet. Instead, view these properties with an eye on potential. Is the

backyard big enough to accommodate a large deck? How would a deck like

that look if added to this particular property? How much would such a

renovation cost?

There's no doubt about it. You want to find a home that has all the features

and characteristics you want. If you work with a good REALTOR®, there is

a good chance you'll find a property that has most of them.

But keep an open mind. Sometimes a "diamond in the rough" can – with an

upgrade or renovation – become a home you'll treasure for years.