Many people choose to remodel and stage their homes prior to putting it on the market, but then there are the vast majority of people who choose to sell their beloved home “as-is.”

While a turn-key home is ideal for people who want to move right in and make no changes, there are those “time warp” homes that are actually incredible gems that just need a little polishing.

An “Older” Home

Old isn’t always synonymous with bad. Some homes built decades ago have stood the test of time because they were built with solid, quality materials and have a classic style. Don’t always assume that new = nicer, either. Some newer homes are “affordable” because they were built cheaply. Buyers should remember that there are many simple fixes for dated homes, and the plus side of an older home is charm and character you can’t find in a brand new build.

Paint Colors

Things that may not be a huge deterrent in the long run can distract buyers. Ignore the existing paint choices and focus on the structure of the room, the placement of the windows, and other more permanent features. Paint is an incredibly easy and a cheap fix in a home and something that can be changed in just a couple hours.

Wacky Wallpaper

Like paint, wallpaper is easily replaced or covered over. So no matter how designed challenged the walls seem to look—it’s an easy fix.

Kitchen Appliances And Accessories

The kitchen is the heart of the home and often, the appliances aren’t going to live up to most buyers’ dreams. As long as the buyer leaves some room in the budget, or has a timeline to replace the existing appliances, a seller’s yellow fridge shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Ugly Carpet

Flooring options are getting more and more diverse and there are now so many low-cost options that look exactly like their higher-priced counterparts. Don’t walk away from a great house just because the floor is a bore—or a mess.

Funky Smells

Except for a serious mold problem, there’s nothing a deep cleaning can’t fix. Focus on the home’s bones and the potential it has when you give the home your own touch.

Curb Appeal

Close their eyes and envision a different colored front door and some new landscaping, and presto—it might just be your dream home!

Popcorn Ceilings

It’s great at the movies, but not at home. No worries! A ceiling specialist can come in and have it all that scrapped off. It can be a messy issue and can be pricey, but it’s not the end of the world.

No Privacy

If the house feels too exposed and lacks privacy from next door—there are ways to fix that. Remember “hedges make great neighbors”.

This post was originally written by Michael Corbett, Trulia’s real estate and lifestyle expert. He hosts NBC’s EXTRA’s Mansions and Millionaires. In additional to his regular segments on ABC’s The View and Fox News, he is a national best selling author with three critically acclaimed real estate books: Find It, Fix It, FLIP IT!; Ready, Set, SOLD! and Before You BUY!

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