Do you plan on putting your home on the market in the next few months or years? If your answer is yes, then one of the biggest mistakes you can make is updating your home with all of the latest design trends. Although this may seem like a good idea, it’s actually a turnoff for buyers who realize they will have to invest in updating the home to a more classic style. To keep buyers interested, make sure you choose a timeless design and avoid these trends:
Every season, interior design experts will announce the next trendy color, but this shouldn’t influence you to run out and buy a few gallons of paint. Trendy colors should only be used as accents—think throw pillows, blankets or decorative vases—and should not go up on the wall. If you want to sell your home in the near future, stick to the basics: taupe, gray and beige. If you want to add a little bit of color, you can venture into light blues and greens, but make sure you stick with softer colors that can be used as neutrals.
The majority of homebuyers want as many bedrooms as possible in their next home, so if you decide to convert one of your spare bedrooms into a different type of room, you may have trouble selling your home. Not every buyer will fall in love with the bedroom you converted into a game room, and trust us, not all buyers love your high end home yoga studio, either. So, before you decide to convert a room, make sure you can easily convert it back to what it once was so you can sell your home in the future.
Carpet has been seen as sort of the default flooring choice for family homes, but the truth is, buyers aren’t crazy about this flooring material. Carpet shows every footprint and smudge of dirt, so having it in a home with children or pets is asking for trouble. Today’s buyers are looking for wood, laminate tile or other durable flooring options that don’t show wear and tear as easily as carpet. If you’re working on renovations in your home, make sure you switch out carpet to something a bit more luxurious.
A lot of quirky homeowners like to add a splash of color in their kitchen with a bright, cherry red or olive green appliance. You may see this style in home design magazines, but it’s not practical in real life. Homebuyers want stainless steel appliances since these are timeless and known to be very durable, too. If you want to add color to a dull kitchen, consider updating the backsplash instead of changing the appliances since this could very well scare buyers away.
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