Much like people, our homes have quirks. Whether you buy a home that’s newly built or one that has decades of wear and tear, you’re bound to find minor things that you dislike about it. While these drawbacks weren’t enough for you to pass on the house entirely, over time, they might start to gnaw at you.
The good news is that, unlike leaky pipes or cracks in the foundation, your home’s minor inconveniences shouldn’t cause you any serious financial pain. They’re merely cosmetic, and like an annoying blemish, can either be ignored, covered up, or embraced.
The “unique” couch you inherited
Furniture can be expensive, and when you’re relative offered up their old couch for free, it was too good to pass up. The only problem: the couch is a total throwback to the 1970s, rainbow floral pattern and all. Instead of hiding the sofa with a mass of pillows and blankets, embrace the quirky colors and try and incorporate them into other elements throughout the room so it won’t stand out as much. It’ll be a conversation piece, if nothing else.
The patterned floors in the bathroom
Everyone has different tastes, and when it comes to flooring, it seems like some people have very different taste than others. A bright tiled pattern that may have been the pride and joy of your home’s former owner is now a total eyesore to you. The good thing is that floor is easily replaced, but if you have an older home, you should consider doing a little research on the manufacturing to dig up the history of your floors.
The outdated kitchen
We’re not talking appliances here—no one wants decades-old appliances that can barely heat up a pot roast in 10 hours. We’re talking the funky-colored countertops and hand-painted cabinetry. A kitchen is one of the first places new homeowners are eager to completely revamp, but there are plenty of ways you can put your own twist on this space without eliminating it’s charmingly antique qualities.
The tire swing in the backyard
When you buy a home that has already been lived in by multiple families or individuals, there are lots of stories to uncover. The tire swing on the old tree in the backyard is just one of them, but you probably won’t have to look very far to find traces of the previous owner’s personal touches. You don’t have to keep them all, but sometimes these elements can make your home feel more comfortable and lived in, and are worth preserving.
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