Over the years, a home might undergo several transformations that could either improve it’s value or result in problematic design flaws. When the house isn’t on the market, as long as the renovations are up to code and follow local ordinances, the only opinion that matters is the homeowner.
However, when it is time to buy or sell, those same design choices could affect whether or not buyers are interested in the property.
Here are ten design flaws home buyers should avoid when their hunting for their next home and sellers should address before they put their house on the market.
1. Limited Counter Space
The kitchen and bathrooms need usable counter space to be practical. Without it, the kitchen can get crowded and the bathroom can be inconvenient. When you’re touring homes or planning to sell determine if you need to create more counter space for accommodating this design flaw.
2. Lack of Storage
Storage keeps a home functional and organized. Some homes might not meet your basic storage needs, which means you’ll have to get creative to make the space more usable for your family. If you’re selling the home, it helps to show prospective buyers creative ways to overcome this flaw that is both practical and easy.
3. A Kitchen That Isn’t Intuitive
Storage and counter space are two critical pieces of a functional kitchen. Even if you have these two qualities, a kitchen that isn’t intuitive can be problematic to a future homeowner. An example might be storage in hard-to-reach areas.
4. Not Enough Electrical Outlets in High-Traffic Rooms
From cell phones to laptops, outlets are a critical feature in any home. Older homes might struggle to meet the electrical needs of a modern family. This design flaw could mean you’ll have to use extension cords throughout your home.
If you’re in the market, make sure you count the outlets in each room. If you are selling, consider an electrical upgrade if you think the home doesn’t meet most families’ standards.
5. Dim Lighting or Too Much Lighting
Each room should have adequate lighting placed in strategic locations that helps the space feel bigger without being too much or too little. Large office-style lighting isn’t ideal, but neither is a maze of lamps. You’ll need to examine each room carefully and determine if you need to upgrade dated fixtures, or is the home move-in ready.
6. Poorly Placed Bedrooms
A master bedroom next to high-traffic areas of the home can be a massive inconvenience. Any bedroom placed near areas with noise and other disturbances could result in years of bad sleep. Always check to see if bedrooms are conveniently located without being the center of all the activity in the home.
If the room is in a bad location, overcoming this design flaw might mean converting a bedroom into an office or a playroom.
7. Low Ceilings
It’s nearly impossible to overlook this bad design flaw. Low ceilings can be a real problem for taller members of the family. Not to mention they can make a space cramped and uncomfortable.
8. Steep A-Frame Rooms
An A-frame house or roof can be a style you love, but if there is a room with steep A-frame walls, decor can become a real hassle. It’ll be hard to hang artwork or place furniture without the space feeling cramped in the corners. The room might look stunning without anything in it, but make sure you have a game plan for your interior design that’ll make sense with this type of room.
9. Water Mismanagement
A design flaw that could lead to costly repairs is water mismanagement. The home might be missing a much-needed french drain or other systems that take water away from the foundation of the property. Water is a foe when it comes to long-term maintenance of a home.
10. Mute Your Eclectic Tastes
A tip for individuals putting their home on the market is to tone back eclectic tastes to help the home sell faster. While you might like hot pink and leopard print, you don’t want a prospective buyer to hesitate about your property because of your design preference.
Pro Tip: Carefully Document Renovations
When you do choose to complete a home renovation, even if you're not planning on selling for several years, it helps to save all the documentation related to the renovation for future homeowners. It also might help to take before and after photos and carefully store any warranties.
Buying or selling a home is a big undertaking, and we’re here to help. From start to finish, we can help you find the perfect place or the right buyer. Call us today at 405.310.2796 to get started!