May 31, 2022 Buying

Easy to Overlook

By Kate Barker

It can be overwhelming to look at homes and see which one is best for you. It’s easy to discount a home’s potential for a seemingly glaring problem that’s actually a simple fix. Here are 5 common problems that shouldn’t make or break your sale.

1) Bad Paint

So neon pink isn’t your style. Yes that bathroom is overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean this home is a no-go. Paint colour is one of the simplest things to change, and you can turn that blindingly bright bathroom into a serene oasis simply by painting the walls. This is one of the most common problems, so we wrote an article about it.


2) Missing Smoke Alarms

While this is a major safety issue, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are cheap and easy to install. You’ll want to make installing these your first priority when taking over the home, but you shouldn’t let it deter you from signing the dotted line.


3) Drab Cabinets

It can be cheap and easy to spruce up plain cabinets. Changing the hardware goes a long way, and new doors are easy to install. Even a coat of paint can make those boring cabinets pop. Think about how you’d like them to look, but don’t let it deter you from the rest of the house.


4) Damaged Window Screens

These look bad and obstruct the view, but they’re easy to fix. Small tears can be stuck together with clear nail polish, while repair kits for bigger holes are inexpensive and simple to use. Even replacing the screen altogether won’t break the bank, so don’t worry about enjoying the fresh air and mountain views through your new windows.


5) Uninspiring Landscaping

You’re looking at a house with a yard – that’s a luxury in the Bow Valley! As things melt you may see a drab yard. Look at this as an opportunity to make the place your own. Gardens, a lawn, or anything else you’ve ever wanted is waiting to happen in your new outdoor space.

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