Yet most buyers look past them. This is where you can get a great bargain, but you have to know how to spot them!
Here’s what to look for:
1) Blocked light: If a property looks dark, check the window treatments. Old blinds or curtains may be shutting out great light. Easy fix – grab a screwdriver and take them down.
2) Missing trim: Doorways or windows that don’t have “trim” or “casing” (wood that goes around a door or window) look unfinished. Easy fix – have a handyman or painter add trim or casing. It’s relatively inexpensive.
3) Beat up doorknobs: Old doorknobs can make a space look shabby. I saw a condo recently that had new paint, a new kitchen and bath, and old beat up door knobs – they brought the whole place down. Easy fix – pick up some door knobs you like at Home Depot and ask a handyman to install (or try it yourself).
4) Missing walls: In the name of “open” important walls can be removed creating awkward spaces – like a kitchen oddly stuck in the corner with different flooring than the main room. Easy fix – have a wall put in, but include a big doorway so it still feels open.
5) Old paint: Dirty scuffed walls look terrible. An even more subtle offender is beat up trim. Easy fix – have the whole house painted (walls, trim, and ceilings). It’s some of the best money you can spend.
5) Ugly furniture / clutter: Don’t be distracted by bad furniture or clutter. It’s the easiest fix of all – it will be gone when you move in! Do your best to see the space without it if you can.
If you need help spotting a Light Cosmetic, contact me today! I’d love to help you find one.