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How to Bring Out Potential In an Older Home

Just because a house isn’t new doesn’t mean it can’t be lovely. During the home-buying process, it may be hard to visualize houses you look at in the way you would like them to be, but you need to remember that almost anything can be changed.  Ignore fixable things like clutter, colors, odors, and style choices, and instead notice the unique things that set that house apart that you you couldn’t find anywhere else. If you do decide to set your sights on an older home, here are some ways to update and modernize it without having to buy a completely new construction.

Floors
New or clean carpet can really freshen a place up, especially if there’s odors attached to it. If you have hardwood floors, refinishing or polishing them makes a big difference.

Walls
If you can’t live with the current color in your house, paint your walls a color that you know you’ll enjoy for a long time. If you’re not changing the entire room color, look for bad previous patching jobs, which can really diminish a room’s quality. Get those patches painted correctly, and get those empty nail holes filled for a more uniform appearance. Also clean up any scuffs or scratches that may be left.

Doors
Since doors are the first thing you see when you walk into your house and your rooms, you need them in styles and colors you will be happy with. They really set the mood for the rest of the house.

Lighting
Lighting can truly affect the way a room (or anything) looks. The more natural lighting, the better; changing curtains, screens, or blinds will definitely change up the room’s light. You could also experiment with changing or adding lamps, light bulbs, and light fixtures for a different ambiance than before.

Plates, Outlets, Hardware, and Light Switches
Even though they seem like something minor, they definitely all go into creating one big picture. Some of these may have previously been yellowed with age, have been painted over, or are simply a style you don’t find aesthetically pleasing in your older home. Change them to something that pairs nicely with your new chosen style.

General Style
Over time, changes made to your older home at different points can make it feel mismatched and discombobulated. You’ll probably want the updates you make to be uniform throughout. Pick a style that reflects your personality, but stick with something classic that isn’t too trendy, unless you won’t mind updating your house every couple of years.

Remember that an oldie can be a good-ie. Have fun getting imaginative with all the possibilities older homes can have!

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