Sometimes you may come across a home that is perfect in every way except for a few small details. It is possible that a crime occurred there or that someone (or a number of people) died in the home. While most real estate agents will be upfront about this reality, you may have some concerns when it comes to buying a home with a dark past. There are many ways to alleviate the concerns you may have about your prospective home, but in the end you may decide that the events that have occurred in your home make it not worth buying.
When faced with a home with a dark past, people generally have one of two reactions. You may be interested in knowing what exactly happened to the home you are considering buying, and once the details are known, you can reconsider. The house could end up being a perfectly wonderful home for you and your family, or you could feel incredibly uncomfortable living in the house due to past events. You might even get a better deal on the house because of your dark past.
If the home has a history of violent crime, the price may be lowered due to negative publicity that has focused on the home. While there may be no evidence that violent crimes were committed in the home, there may still be rumors surrounding the location.
When looking for a home for sale, the buyer has the ability to ask if the home has a dark past, and the seller must be honest in accordance with the law. Homes that are rumored to be haunted are generally places buyers will want to steer clear of due to market value uncertainty, as well as the general mystery of what is actually going on in the home.
If you’ve decided to dive in and buy a home that has a dark past, home repair and restoration can make a big difference. Doing routine maintenance, such as painting the exterior of the house, replanting (or planting) a yard, and gardening can change the aesthetics of the house, as well as the general feelings that people may have towards the property. The interior could also use a new coat of paint; Take advantage of this time to create your dream home with the right color schemes, accent walls, new curtains, and more! You can also replace any insulation, windows, or other siding that may be worn or needs to be replaced.
Hiring professional cleaners will also make home restoration easier. Everything you need to do to feel better about living in a house with a dark past is completely fine and up to you.
Buying a home with a dark past is the same process as buying a new home. Ask your real estate agent and seller if there have been criminal activities, violent crimes or other unfortunate events that have occurred on the property and use your best judgment.