Home Features You Should Skip Over

Posted by Janis Penick on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 1:26pm.

Buying a homeIf you are in the process of buying your first Bastrop home or a new home, you will likely have to make more decisions than you can begin to imagine. How many stories, bedrooms and baths, small lot or large lot, new or old and that’s just the beginning. Some items are just a matter of preference but there are other things that you will want to really think about before you select a home that has any of these features. There are many reasons you might choose to avoid something like its resale value, safety or just the look of it. What are some of the features you should avoid?

  • Wallpaper – While some wallpaper has seen a resurgence in recent years, most buyers still don’t want it. The wallpaper that is currently popular is highly individualized and it is unlikely the buyers of your home will have the same taste you do. If they don’t, this becomes another chore they have to add to their long list.
  • Popcorn ceilings – Most homes today are built with untextured ceilings but if you are purchasing an older home, you could still have popcorn ceilings and we promise no one wants those. If you buy a home with popcorn ceilings, plan to remove those as soon as you can. Since it is such a messy job, it would be easier to remove them before you move in.
  • Swimming pools – Sure a pool sounds awesome and may be used frequently during the summer but many people also see them as a lot of work and a possible danger. If you have a pool, make sure you plan to use it often and don’t expect it to add value to your home.
  • Carpeted bathrooms – If you encounter a home with carpet in the bathrooms and you don’t like it, know that you are not alone. Because of the amount of water in bathrooms, carpet isn’t an ideal choice. If you are shopping for a home that has this, plan to replace the floors right away.
  • Formal living spaces – In today’s society, more people want flexible space that can serve many purposes than a formal living room or dining room that gets used a few times each year. This trend isn’t likely to go away anytime soon so focus on homes with open living spaces that allow friends and family to come together in larger groups when they want to and doesn’t divide your home into separate spaces with specific purposes.

Ultimately, you are the one living in your home so you will be the one to decide how you want to live. Depending on how long you plan to own your home, these items may not matter to you but sometimes plans don’t work out and if a year from now you need to sell your home, expect buyers to comment on these items once they view your home.

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