The good news is that, unlike leaky pipes or cracks in the foundation, your home’s minor inconveniences shouldn’t cause you any serious financial pain. They’re merely cosmetic, and like an annoying blemish, can either be ignored, covered up, or embraced.
Furniture can be expensive, and when your relative offered up their old couch for free, it was too good to pass up. The only problem: the couch is a total throwback to the 1970s, rainbow floral pattern and all. Instead of hiding the sofa with a mass of pillows and blankets, embrace the quirky colors and try and incorporate them into other elements throughout the room so it won’t stand out as much. It’ll be a conversation piece, if nothing else.
We’re not talking appliances here—no one wants decades-old appliances that can barely heat up a pot roast in 10 hours. We’re talking the funky-colored countertops and hand-painted cabinetry. A kitchen is one of the first places new homeowners are eager to completely revamp, but there are plenty of ways you can put your own twist on this space without eliminating its charmingly antique qualities.
When you buy a home that has already been lived in by multiple families or individuals, there are lots of stories to uncover. The tire swing on the old tree in the backyard is just one of them, but you probably won’t have to look very far to find traces of the previous owner’s personal touches. You don’t have to keep them all, but sometimes these elements can make your home feel more comfortable and lived in, and are worth preserving.