Savvy home sellers in Vancouver always dress up the front of the house before putting it on the market. They give the front door and the door trim a new coat of paint, pull the weeds, keep the lawn mowed, clean oil spots off the driveway, and in general attempt to create a "Wow" effect.
This is a smart move, because we humans usually see what we expect to see. If the exterior is in prime condition, we'll expect the interior to be the same, so might not even notice small flaws. Conversely, if the outside is run down, we'll expect to see the same inside – and we will see faults, even if everything is clean and tidy.
But is this always true? Does the outside always reflect the condition inside?
I once showed a home that was a disaster outside – tools and car parts and junk were everywhere. The lawn was mowed, but that's about all. Inside everything was spotless and well-maintained. In fact, it was beautiful.
Why? Because both partners worked full time and the "lady of the house" was more interested in keeping things beautiful than was her husband, who was responsible for the exterior.
In other cases, it could be that the homeowner physically can't do the heavy outside work – nor afford to have it done.
So if you're searching for a home in Vancouver, look beyond the exterior. You just might find a lovely home hiding behind a mess. And of course, you'll save money if you're willing to spend some time and energy.
You'll also save money if you're willing to look beyond an interior that's cluttered and in need of new paint, flooring, etc. Just be sure to hire a home inspector to assure yourself that the house is structurally sound and that the plumbing and electrical systems are in good shape.
If you want a home in Vancouver and you have the time and energy to spend in place of money, don't overlook a house that looks shabby at first glance.
Uncut diamonds aren't that pretty, either.
Whether you're looking for a bargain or for a home that's "move-in ready," give me a call. I'll help you find exactly what you seek.