Home decorating faux pas that sellers should avoid

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If you are selling your home, you will naturally want to boost its wow factor. to attract more buyers, make your home unforgettable, and get the best deal possible for it. That’s why many sellers go the extra mile when it comes to sprucing up their home.

Note, though, that not all home improvement projects guarantee the best returns. Some are worth putting the money into while others may not be worth it at all.

If you’re about to sell your home, here are the projects to avoid:

Decorating with wallpaper

Wallpaper is a staple in home decoration. It’s bold, it’s daring, and it comes in a wide variety of styles, colors, and designs. While it does create character and lets you express your style, it can have the opposite effect when selling a home.

Buyers may find wallpapers to be an extremely personal choice. And if they don’t like it, they’ll be thinking about the costs and the time it will take to have it removed.

If you are thinking about giving your interiors a fresh new look, you can never go wrong with neutral paint colors. Colors like light gray, warm beige, and off-white allow buyers to easily visualize themselves living in the space.

Having an all-white kitchen

The kitchen gets the most attention from buyers when selling a house. The heart of any home, this area serves as a space for cooking, gathering, and celebrating.

All-white kitchens may be a timeless classic but they’re not always the best for impressing home buyers. If you plan on repainting your kitchen, going all-white may be the easiest option because you don’t have to think too much about color schemes and mixing and matching. On the other hand, all-white kitchens are harder to clean and they tend to feel colder and more clinical.

Instead, try mixing up colors. Adding different elements to the kitchen also gives it more warmth and authenticity. Create a strong focal point, as well, whether through a bold backsplash, painted cabinets, or a textured wall.

Replacing your current carpet with an expensive one

Since most carpets are designed to last for around 5 to 15 years, you might be thinking that it’s time to replace yours. After all, who doesn’t love the look and feel of a brand new carpet?

Carpets, however, can be one of the most expensive flooring options out there.

According to Clever, the average cost for replacing and installing a new carpet can reach as high as $2,525. While it is a good idea to replace a carpet that is overly stained or visibly worn down, you don’t have to spend big bucks on a new one. A moderately-priced, good-quality carpet will do. At the end of the day, the buyer still decides on whether they will keep the carpet or not.

Filling the walls and shelves with too many personal photos

Showing all your personal pictures, collections, memorabilia, and other knick-knacks to potential buyers may be tempting but you may want to consider depersonalizing instead. Depersonalization – the process of removing personal items from your decor – is one of the most important things to do before selling a house.

Note that it’s totally acceptable to display a few photos and other personal effects to show that the house exudes warmth, character, and personality. Just don’t overdo it. Too many personal mementos on display can distract potential buyers and give them a hard time imagining themselves living in your home.

Painting the home’s exterior with bold colors

Painting the exterior walls with a bold color can make your home stick out like a sore thumb. A minor but effective way to make your home stand out is to paint the front door. It’s the least expensive home design idea but it will surely make an impact on your home’s value. The most popular paint colors for a front door are slate blue, vibrant red, and almost black paint. Keep in mind that the best paint color for your front door will ultimately depend on your home’s architectural style.

Adding a pool

A pool is great for parties, unwinding, relaxing, and family fun and you may think that it could be a great addition to your own backyard. However, there’s no guarantee that a potential buyer would also want it, primarily because of the high upkeep and its high risk to very young children.

You can still create your own backyard paradise by adding great outdoor lighting and going for low-maintenance landscaping.

Needing more tips on how to draw in more buyers to your Las Vegas home for sale? Let me share my local real estate market knowledge and home staging expertise with you. Call me, Loralee Wood, at 702.419.3212 or email me at Loralee(dotted)Wood(at)CBVegas(dotted)com to set up a meeting.