It’s a given – you want your home to look its best when you make the decision to sell.
As you prepare for the sale, you may be inspired by interior design trends advertised in magazines, on television or on interior design websites. Beware, however, some of these designs can backfire in terms of buyer appeal and rarely work well for open houses, where first impressions count.
According to realtor.com, when you are ready to sell your home, you want it in move-in condition. Your goal is to get potential buyers to picture themselves in it, and they won’t be able to do that if your decorating style dominates.
Here are 5 common pitfalls to avoid.
- Lavish light fixtures. While potential buyers want rooms that seem airy and bright, beware of installing a showpiece light fixture that is too modern or ornate. Fixtures should enhance your home, not steal the spotlight.
- Carpets. While designers love to play with the texture of shag carpeting as it feels soft underfoot, the majority of home buyers prefer hardwood floors. People 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 someone really loves carpet, it’s much easier for them to add it themselves—after the purchase.
- Too-lush landscaping. The outdoor living room is very popular these days, but potential buyers may be hesitant to buy a home with an overly landscaped property requiring a lot of maintenance. Instead, focus on creating or maintaining a nice and neat outdoor space that people can enjoy without too much fuss.
- Converted bedrooms. 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.
- Wallpaper. Bold, graphic patterns are being incorporated into interior design, often in the form of wallpaper. Wallpaper, even if it’s only on one wall, is an extremely personal choice and can be time-consuming to remove, if it doesn’t appeal to the buyer. Think about replacing wallpaper with a neutral paint for broader appeal.