It might as well be called the Home Buyers Fatal Attraction Syndrome - falling in love so much with a specific feature of a house that buyers ignore or don’t see problems lurking in the corners or hiding behind walls.
It could be a recently remodeled kitchen that has fancy cabinets or new appliances but the same old plumbing in need of replacing; or a lush backyard that collects rain and floods the basement every spring.
“People too often fall in love with the aesthetics and not the hidden structure of a house,’’ said Padraig O’Beirne, owner of Sudbury Home Improvements and Construction. “If you love something so much, you have to ask yourself, ‘What would it cost if it has to be fixed or replaced?’ ’’
Although new appliances, fresh paint, and interesting spaces such as media rooms or office nooks can add tremendous value to homes, specialists said buyers should be careful about attaching too high a value to them. More important, they said, is to pay attention to the warnings and other remarks home inspectors have about the condition of the systems that power the house - the plumbing, heating, and electricity, and the structural soundness of the building itself.
“It’s important to check both the skin and the bones of a home,’’ said Jay Rizzo, co-owner of Tiger Home Inspection Inc. in Braintree. “Buyers have to make sure a house is mechanically and fundamentally sound, or it will cost them.’’
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