Is Your Home Too Dated For The Market

Dated: July 31 2022

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Ok, I get it – you adore that wallpaper in your kitchen. After all, it's beenhanging there since 1989.  The problem is, if you hope to sell your home for the most amount possible,you're going to have to rip it down.Tacky wallpaper, garish paint colors, and even that oh-so-quaint "vintage"stove that you love may repel potential homebuyers.

HOW ARE THOSE APPLIANCES? 

Unless you live in a Victorian or other historic home, outdated, mismatchedappliances will make your home appear dated. 

They will also ring alarm bells in the minds of buyers who typically don'trelish the idea of another huge financial outlay after closing on a home. 

Since kitchens tend to sell homes, do consider replacing old appliances.

WHAT'S UNDERFOOT?T

Today's homebuyers prefer most any floor covering over carpet. 

We don'trecommend that home sellers rip out clean, like-new carpeting. 

If, however,it's at all stained, ratty or otherwise unattractive, it will give the impressionthat the home hasn't been maintained.

If you do opt to replace the carpet, heed this warning from Sacha Nizami, aToronto, Canada interior designer: "Laminate flooring is what wall-to-wallcarpeting was 15 years ago. Nobody likes it, and everyone wants to get rid ofit. It often looks cheap and feels hollow," she tells Realtor.com.Most homebuyers love the look of wood so go with hardwood or, for a lessexpensive option, either luxury vinyl plank or wood-look tile flooring. 

I'm happy to offer my advice as to any needed changes before you put yourhome on the market. Let's talk!

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