5 Things that Aren’t Really Deal Breakers When Buying a Home

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When you buy a house, you want it to be perfect—the perfect size, the perfect place, the perfect layout for your life. But it can be hard to find that dream house. Sometimes they’re out of budget, or out of range, or just don’t exist. So you might need to make compromises when it comes to buying a home.

While some elements of home design are idiosyncratic to say the least, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re deal breakers. Here are a few things that you should learn to overlook when searching for your dream house.

Bad paint colors

So maybe mustard yellow with neon green trim isn’t a color palette everyone immediately gravitates toward, but that shouldn’t be a reason to nix a house off your list. Compared to some things you might have to fix with another house (roof, plumbing, foundation, for example), paint is relatively inexpensive. Ignore the colors, focus on the structure.

Wallpaper and wood paneling

Similarly, wallpaper isn’t for everyone, and wood paneling went out of style several decades ago. But they’re both removeable, and can be eliminated fairly quickly. Even if there’s shag carpeting on the walls, it might not be your thing, but if the rest of the house checks the boxes on your list, it’s an easy problem to fix.


Yes, an older house is going to have more wear and tear than a newer place, but it’s also probably going to be better built with solid, quality materials. A lot of newer homes are constructed quickly and cheaply for a fast turnaround and bigger payoff. So just because a home is older and needs some TLC doesn’t mean it should be left off your list.

Dated appliances

Avocado appliances were big sellers in the 60s and 70s. And while someone looking for a quirky vintage design style or your friendly neighborhood hipster might enjoy the dated appliances, you might not. If the price of the house allows you to update the appliances, should you really discount the house? We didn’t think so.

Unfortunate flooring

Flooring is a problem for a lot of homes. Because people actually live in their homes, there’s a good chance that the flooring is going to be worn. Whether you hate the floors for their color, their stains, their wear patterns, or whatever, it can all be replaced. And with eco-friendly and cost-friendly options out there, you can easily find your dream flooring for a steal.

So try to look past the fixable and replaceable and focus on the actual homes. It might just surprise you.

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