In the market for a house? You probably have a list of your must-haves — a big backyard, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors — but sticking to that list may actually cause you to overlook your dream home! Put that checklist away and consider these 7 things that may be worth ignoring when looking for your next home. 

1. An “Older” Home. Newer does not always mean better. Some homes that were built years ago were built with solid, quality materials that may be sturdier than homes being built today. In addition, these homes have a classic style with more charm and character in comparison to homes that are built today. 

2. Weird Paint Colors. Yes, bright and bold colors may not be your taste, but try to look past bad color choices. Focus on the space and layout of the room. Paint is a cheap and easy fix for any home. 

3. No Curb Appeal. If you don’t get a “wow” impression when you first visit a home, consider what the home would look like if you change the color of the front door or plant new landscaping. For little cost and effort, the home could be just what you’re looking for. 

4. That Old Refrigerator. Sure everyone wants new or updated appliances in their kitchen, but the home shouldn’t be discounted completely if the appliances don’t live up to your expectations. Even if you cannot afford all new appliances right now, these are items that can be replaced over time. 

5. Nasty Flooring. Most new homeowners want to change something in their new home and flooring is usually the first to go. There are many low-cost flooring solutions out there. Homeowners can choose from a variety of durable carpet solutions or hardwood/laminate flooring. 

6. Popcorn Ceilings. Although a hit in the 80s, popcorn ceilings are not very attractive. If you’ve found a great home but the only problem is the textured ceiling, call a ceiling specialist to come scrape off the texture. They can have it done in just a matter of days – just make sure you have it done before you move in. It is a messy job that you should leave to the experts. 

7. Lack of Privacy. Don’t discount a home because you see into your neighbor’s yard or dining room window. Put up a hedge and you’ve instantly solved the problem. If your budget allows, install a privacy fence. 

Buyers, pay attention to the overall layout of the home, the size of the rooms, the construction of the home, and the neighborhood. The right home may not be instantly perfect, but with a little imagination it can be!