Don’t like what you see? Look at the potential instead.

Do you have a picture in your head of what your “dream
home” will look like? Most people shopping for a new house
have a vision in mind.
Your vision of the ideal property may include such features as
a spacious patio, three good-sized bedrooms, a room for a
quiet home office, a livingroom with a fireplace, and more.
It’s a good idea to have this kind of wish list when home
shopping. You’ll increase your chances of finding the right
property for you and your family.
But what if a home that meets your specific criteria is not
currently available on the market? What if you don’t have time
to wait indefinitely for that dream home to come along?
Does that mean you have to settle for something less than
you want?
Not necessarily.
When shopping for a home, don’t just consider the existing
features of a property you’re viewing. Also consider the
potential – what that home could become with a few changes
or renovations.
• No backyard patio? You can get a deck or patio put in.
• No fireplace in the livingroom? A cosy gas fireplace can
be installed in just about any room these days.
• No room for a home office? Consider the possibility of
creating one in the basement; perhaps as a partial
basement renovation.
As they say, even a diamond looks like an ugly rock until it’s
cut and polished.
The point is, carefully consider the potential of each home
you look at before you decide to add it, or cross it off, your
short list. If you do, you’ll have a much better chance of
finding the right home at the right price.

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