In a perfect world, you arrive at your first Morris Sussex County open house to find your absolute dream house. In reality, you’re bound to find at least one small aspect that rubs you the wrong way. Allowing easily fixable, superficial turn-offs to sway your home buying decision means bypassing homes that, with a little TLC, transform into that dream house of yours.

Free the Pink Flamingos

You pull up to the curb to find overgrown hedges, a weedy sidewalk, and garden gnomes galore. Suppress your urge to hit the gas! With a little time and effort, you’ll get that landscape up-to-speed. And gnomes tend to travel with their previous owners.

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Wallpaper Trail

Love it or hate it, wallpaper makes a statement. If you interpret that statement as, “This home looks hideous!”, remember, removing wallpaper involves a steamer, a few supplies, and a couple steps. Gone.

True Colors

Headache-inducing neon-painted walls? Or 50 shades of beige? Either way, repainting rooms requires perhaps the least effort of all home revisions. In the meantime, close your eyes and re-envision each room. Remember, this too shall pass.

Stink. Stank. Stunk.

Recoiling at fish odor? Or garbage can funk? Deep-cleaning removes most lingering scents. Even cigar and cigarette smoke disappear with professional remediation. Homes closed for awhile naturally exude a musty smell, easily remedied with an airing-out. Possible odor red flags? Smoke from the fireplace on a dry day or a strong moldy smell in the basement.

Decor Disaster

From a stuffed grizzly bear in a taxidermy-filled basement to a Winnie-the-Pooh memorabilia room, open houses lay bare homeowners decorating tastes. Look past the personal clutter and remember, when they leave, so does their stuff.

Finding Fido

People love their pets. Pet evidence? Not so much. Bear in mind that vacuuming removes pet hair, refinishing removes light wood scratches, and airing removes most scents. Anything over-the-top (such as an overpowering urine scent) bears further investigation.

Your Home vs. Your Furniture

Grandma left you her antique dining set--beautiful, granted, but massive, and you formally dine, say, twice a year? Before basing your Morris Sussex home purchase around furniture you possess, really give thought to the importance of that dining set (or king-size bed, or that old pool table) in your life. Then consider selling or storing to free up your new home requirements.

Learn to look past these 7 home buying turn-offs, and see a new world of Morris Sussex home buying possibilities.