Homes with potential

How to spot a home with potential

Is that long hunt for the home of your dreams nearing the end, but you have some nagging questions about whether some changes you’d like to make are actually possible? Have you found a house in the perfect location, but that’s where the perfection ends? Those are the ideal situations to bring someone from McDonald Remodeling along with you to give you some expert guidance on turning this house into your dream home before you go ahead with the purchase. We can help you determine if it’s a diamond in the rough and help you see past its current imperfections to imagine the sparkle when we’re done with it. We’ll also tell you if what you’re thinking just wouldn’t be a workable solution in your specific case.

So many home buyers are looking for homes in some of the great neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but finding a home that suits them is a challenge. We are here to help ensure you can have both. The ability to see a house’s potential will hopefully allow you to get a home for a great value that other home buyers and realtors have missed because they couldn’t get pasted the outdated aesthetics or understand how the layout could be reworked for modern families and today’s lifestyles.

Whether you decided to do a whole house renovation or work on different projects one at a time, McDonald Remodeling can help you find a vision for the project.

General things to consider when house hunting

As a starting point, here are things to keep in mind.

  • A great location.
  • A house less then 50 years old. It’s not always possible, depending on where in the Twin Cities you’re looking, but it’s something to keep in mind. You can avoid a lot structural issues you might not be willing to deal with. Of course, for other buyers, historic homes have an irresistible charm.
  • Simple facelifts. The more of a home that just needs cosmetic changes — in its paint, fixtures, flooring, countertops, etc. — the less costly the renovating will be.
  • A workable floor plan. Find a home with a basic layout that makes you happy or a bulk of the living space that is workable. This one’s tough, and it’s probably one of the main reasons you’ll look to us for help.
  • Light. Pay attention to how the house is situated on the lot and where and when the sun comes into the home. This can help you imagine how layout changes or windows might affect the feel of the home.
  • Plenty of closets and storage. This is valuable space for storing things, of course, but it may also become valuable additional space when adjusting the layout.
  • Updated heating/cooling and electrical. Ask if the sellers kept service records on the furnace and mechanical equipment and look them over.

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