Friends Don't Let Friends Decorate

You have good taste right? Of course you do, it's those other people that have issues. Those darn other people. Why can't they get their act together? I am one of those "other people"? You know the ones I'm talking about... They have their own unique sense of fashion and decorating for their house. Wait a minute, since when did having a unique style become bad and neutral become the correct house fashion? I don't know but I do know some house fashion faux pas that may hinder your efforts to sell. "Ya, but it's my house I'm not changing" ... Then why are you moving? Yes it's YOUR house now, but are you not trying to make it SOMEONE else's house? "the right person will see it and like it".... Possibly the needle in the haystack will be found quickly, but it's probably easier to find a haystack in a needle. Some fashion faux pas in housing: (in no particular order)

  • Wall paper.Paisley flower prints are ok at Grandmas house but it's a real pain in the ass to remove. A lot of work to some people = move on to the next one...been there done that, not doing it again. How in the world do I remove that?
  • Bright red, blue, yellow, green, or pink walls tubs, fixtures and counter-tops are a bad idea.
    • "I like those colors but not Sooo much, that shade, that bright" .... "Did the kindergarten class paint this?"... "I can tell this person is artsy.". Again if we don't like the bold use of color it equates to work. While paint is cheap and an easy fix, you can easily fix an accent wall to be a neutral zone, but we don't want to paint the whole house or go sink shopping that starts to equal more money.   More money adding up in a buyers brain is bad for sellers $ $ $ $ $
  • Country charm, rustic cabin, or earthy flare.
    • Here in the city, well, we're city folk.   If I want a barn look I'll go buy one, better yet I'll visit heritage ranch on the weekend. "you know how much work it would be to remove all that and replace the trim?!". Sounds like more $ $ adding up.
  • Let's do the time warp again!
    • Some vintage fashion comes back like jeans, and shirts, skirts and dresses perhaps but some things should stay in their decade.  I think we've had enough of Red shag carpet that requires a rake when you vacuum, wall paper murals, red toilets, green stoves, blue tubs, round globe light fixtures, and wood wall paneling.   The more vintage decor present the more cost there is to replace and remove it.
All of the vintage decor out there can be sold as is, but typically a cost is involved.  Sellers typically will need to discount their home in a buyers eyes to compensate for the time, energy and money required to bring the home up to 2011 tastes.  If your home is stuck in the 60's, 70's, 80's and the 90's it's time for a serious plan to update or price accordingly.
Maybe you're thinking buyers should be able to look past all of these things and see the potential.  Some might, but the reality most of us don't or can't.  Buyers tend to walk through a home and notice things that are out of order.  Broken, old and dirty are signals that this house is going to need work and money.  Do your self a favor, minimize the number of opportunities that signal dollar signs $ $ $.  The market to sell your classic home is a sellers market not a buyers market.
Possible exception is the milk chute.  I still like them.  Brings back childhood memories of frozen milk bags in the winter, a place to put the house key when were were growing up, and well they had function more than fashion.

Milk Chute

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