Buyers want to picture themselves in a home, and so each time you add your personal style to it, you are making a big mistake. Following design trends and home remodeling techniques can seriously backfire, for if you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll have to start all over by un-doing everything you did.
People prefer both the exterior and interior walls of a home to be of a neutral shade. Even though repainting is cheap and relatively easy to do, it’s still a pain and most buyers might not want to bother. When decorating, your best bet is to stick to neutral shades for the walls and use small accessories to provide pops of color, while at the same time, won’t be too distracting. See: Why Depersonalize Your Home? – Home Selling Tips.
Wallpaper is a very personal choice to a homeowner and to a homebuyer. Replace the wallpaper with a neutral paint, as when a buyer sees the walls, they think about how they are going to have to lift and take it off which is a time-consuming process if its DIY, and expensive if they hire a professional. Your best-bet is to remove it.
While potential buyers want rooms that seem airy and bright, beware of installing a showpiece light fixture that is too modern or ornate. Also, try to steer away from buying extremely cheap fixtures, if you have the ability to spend a little more. It will make a difference. You don’t want a cheap, fake-brass flush mount in a half a million dollar home. Choose according to the value and general aesthetics of the house. Read: 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home.
Switch out the faucet and door handles with metals such as brushed nickel. They are relatively inexpensive and can help make your home appear sleek rather than out of style. People often use their garage as storage space. If you have been using your garage in a home office for ten years, that’s fine. But when you are looking to sell your home, the rooms should be arranged to their actual purposes. Convert the garage back to the garage. Like with the garage, people want rooms built for their original purpose. If you’ve converted an unused bedroom to an office, walk-in closet, or a game room, make sure you can easily convert it back to a bedroom when you’re ready to sell.
Buyers prefer hardwood floors. Aside from the fact that most people do not want carpet these days in general, people also assume carpets trap dirt, germs and odors, and they don’t want to go through the hassle of steam cleaning their home before they can move in. If you have hardwood floors underneath the carpet, pull it up and throw it away because the chances are the potential buyers won’t want it. If they do, they can add it themselves.
Potential buyers may be hesitant to buy a home with an overly landscaped property. They find it very intimidating, because they know that it comes with a lot of maintenance. Instead, create and maintain a simple landscape design that is inexpensive and easy to maintain.