Zillow was our main tool when we were looking for our house. With
interior pix of most homes, it eliminated facing realtors to sort out
the truly ugly, trashy stuff....never seen such ugly wallpaper in my
life...one house had some version of red/green wallpaper in every room,
different upper half and lower half with a border thrown in. It would
have taken my remaining life expectancy to get rid of all the wallpaper.
Ended up with plain beige/vanilla, but for the mauve and gray in the
kitchen. Cozy, good shape, nice neighborhood.
We didn't use the blog, just the search/notify stuff. The good homes in
our area were moving quickly and if the realtor was slow in posting to
Zillow, there was an offer already made.
So if two identical houses were offered and one had ugly wallpaper and
one was bland, you'd choose the bland even if the price difference was
Ugly can be a visual turn off, but you have to consider everything and
maybe get a great deal after the painter/wallpaper guy is done.
That always cracks me up on the various "house hunter" shows. It always
goes something like "well the price is really good but that purple paint
in the bedroom just isn't going to work so we don't want this house..."
Buy the place for $25k less and hire someone for $1k to paint the room
and be $24k ahead. Amazing how most people never use such simple
Sometimes not all houses with ugly paint sell for less. In my
neighborhood houses with upgrades and modern colours are put up for sale
for quick, ie family has to move because of job or death etc. The
houses that have pre 1990's kitchens and colours, those owners wait it
out till the right buyer comes along.
Although I would say that for a lot neighbourhoods, your comments would
They really have a lot of nonsense discussions, just for scripting. We
passed up one house that we loved in terms of space and decor. Old two
story completely gutted and remodeled. Had we been younger, it would
have been much more attractive. Healthy, but not getting any younger,
and if we are a lot older, the two story might not have been so great.
On Sat, 09 Feb 2013 13:39:23 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You'd not scrape and repaint (or pay to have it done) if you could
I've only ever bought a couple of houses, but in both cases, we
painted all the rooms except for maybe two before moving in. That
way, it was years before we had to do a re-paint as part of normal
maintenance and it was colors we liked from the start.
This house was 3 years old when we bought. Two rooms still have the
original carpet, though one is due for an upgrade, probably to
It really depends on the age and type of wallpaper. The old stuff was
almost impossible to remove without way too much labor and damaging
the plaster or drywall.
Newer stuff can come off easily. Vinyl in the "paper" and different
My wife has redone a couple rooms with no problems. Putty knife to
wetted spot to start, then a sponge, and just a little work with the
putty knife. All paper she had put up. She made sure it was easy to
remove before she bought it. I told her I wouldn't remove it. She
likes some of the wallpaper patterns. But it's not an "easy" job even
with the newer stuff.
She did our hallway a couple years ago and decided to use a pattern
paint roller, and taped for stripes. Because she didn't want to
eventually deal with removing paper.
Amen to that. My bathroom in a circa 1941 house had wallpaper that was very
much like that anti-tamper tape that only comes off in tiny pieces. It
apparently had bonded with the underlying plaster on a sub-atomic level.
Correct. People tho often use one excuse for another so what they
tell you may not the actual reason.
And altho there are a lot of variables when buying a house, I found
one variable to be always important.... location, location, location.
Did I say that? The decor was so extreme I would not have wanted to
live in it. Had it been a bargain, in terms of location, condition and
price, I might have considered it. I do know how much work wallpaper
removal entails, so it was an important factor. I helped my daughter,
along with the rest of the family, remove a lot of wallpaper in her 1840
farmhouse; well worth it.
I've learned to see through ugly and have gotten some great bargains by
refinishing furniture. The home we ended up with is in top-notch shape,
well built and well maintained, and just about damn perfect for us.
Changed out electric range for gas and there is now nothing I really
need to change. The kitchen decor/wallpaper will go in due time.
If I had found a home with good bones, good loc. and a lot of ugly
wallpaper at a bargain price, I would have grabbed it, inspired at the
chance to save "thousands". That rarely happens, and people with
horrible taste do not recognize that trait in themselves when they
sell:o) Since everyone seems to shop at Menards and Lowes, the decor
can be uniformly boring....and I can hardly stand to look at overstuffed
sectional sofas...yech! This locale, for many, many years, has largely
ignored building codes and it shows. There are hundreds of older homes
with tacked on lean-to additions, s--- remodeling, carved up lots,
abandoned structures. Not a slum town by a long shot, but we've lived
here a long time and have seen a lot. We had the good fortune to buy in
a subdivision with sensible deed restrictions and stable families. We
Particularly since you have no idea what's under the paper. The last
time I did it, there was nothing under it, except bare drywall. I
could have torn out the sheetrock and re-rocked the bathroom in less
time. No, I won't sign up to do a whole house. There are too many
Years ago, I tried my hand at real estate but I was a lousy salesman and
it was a slumped, buyers market.
Its a buyers market today and with a lot to choose from the property
should be perfect. Any realtor will tell you to sell your house, dress
up the outside for a good first impression and make the insides vanilla
and make sure everything is in good repair.
Most people don't want a fixer upper but when they do they expect to get
if for far below normal market value.
Correct but that's not happening in todays' Houston market.
Foreclosures not in good shape that were priced well in the 80s are
not nowadays. It's much harder to find a true bargain here now
because the banks know the Houston market is strong.
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