What Actually Are Good Bones?

We have all heard the phrase "this house has good bones." Those of us who watch HGTV know that a house having "good bones" is often used as a way to convince buyers that the property could be something wonderful, even though it is in need of a major makeover. A couple will walk into a derelict home, the wall paper stripped, ceiling beams exposed, stepping around holes in the floor, and their HGTV expert will say, "I know, I know. But it has good bones!"

The reality is that most houses that look like a mess are a mess. Not every decrepit home has "good bones"; in fact, not every nice home has good bones! Rarely will you be able to tell what kind of bones a home has without the eye of a home inspector. These professionals see through the grime and shine to see the bones of a home and decide if it's worth the price or not. 

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So what are good bones?

The best bone for a home to have is a solid foundation and roof. Both of these things are incredibly dangerous to live with, and expensive to fix. If a home you are looking at does not have a good roof or foundation, you need to prepare yourself for costly renovations. If you are trying to sell your home and one of these things is in disrepair, fix the problem immediately to avoid deals falling through after a home inspection.

A great floor plan is another sign of "good bones." Do the rooms flow nicely together? Is the space sectioned out effectively? Is there a connection to the outdoors? Do any new property additions blend in well with the original design? Remember that walls can be painted, some even torn down. However, if you hate the layout and wish there were a second floor when there is none, find a different property. 

Lastly, what amenities does the property have? Marble countertops can make up for the lack of a specific laundry room. Some people don't mind the home being far away from the grocery store if the backyard is big enough. In this area, good bones may mean different things for different people. HOWEVER, make sure the building is structurally sound and the floorplan is workable for you!

Good luck finding "good bones!"

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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