I came across an article by David Bailey that suggests 5 items that could de-value your home. Premiere Home Stagers has seen these issues in various homes while giving consultations and/or stagings.
1. Using bold paint colors
To appeal to the broadest group of buyers, you need to use neutral paint colors on the walls and trim. Using colors that are considered “quirky” or unpopular tend to date the house. Prospective buyers immediately know they’ll need to prime and paint over these colors, which they then subtract from their offer.
2. Remodeled Areas
Most of the time, remodeling is considered a good thing. However, we’ve run across some remodeling projects that just don’t fit the house. For example, a kitchen that has fancy appliances and a decorated backsplash can look appealing, but it can also be the only room in the house that looks quite different in style than the other rooms.
3. A Neglected yard
At first, this photo shows a nicely landscaped yard. However, when you look closer, you’ll note that the roof-line was cut around the tree growth. The owner was wondering if home staging would help sell the house after it had sat for months. While home staging is usually recommended, Premiere Home Stagers thought it best to remove the tree and fix the roof-line first.
4. Bad Do-it-Yourself Projects
It looks like the owners used interior posts with Victorian brackets on a ranch-style house. Using wider exterior posts with simple lines would be a better choice. Building experts recommend using man-made materials for longer wear in harsh weather.
5. Wasted Square Footage
Premiere Home Stagers wondered how to stage the space between the kitchen countertop, the door to the basement, and the walkway to the garage. The formal dining area is to the immediate right of this photo. Two dining tables within the same area didn’t quite make sense. A better idea would have been to enlarge the countertop. We decided to make this a pub table with a wine bar for intimate, casual conversation.
Premiere Home Stagers can help you with any design dilemmas. We’ve pretty much seen it all. Call 608-345-9396