With the summer selling season in full swing, many homeowners are looking to sell their homes in what remains overall a vibrant selling market. Those looking to sell their homes for top dollar in the quickest amount of time also need to keep the wishes of potential buyers at the top of their minds. Some designer or decorator items that served a seller well and they enjoyed while living in the home may be potential negatives when it comes time to sell.
Here is my list of five decorator/designer items that may hurt a potential real estate sale.
1. Transforming or altering bedrooms. If you have a home that has four bedrooms, when it comes time to sell, you are going to want potential buyers to see four bedrooms. Transforming a bedroom into a walk-in closet or a dark room may be something you will enjoy while you are living in the home, but it will be a big negative to potential buyers.
2. Carpeting. While it is lush to have something soft underfoot, the reality is most potential buyers prefer hardwood flooring. Further, many will see carpeting as traps for odors such as pet smells and often feel carpeting is too hard to keep clean and tends to be personalized in color.
3. Accent walls. Accent walls are an inexpensive decorating tip and are popular with many homeowners. However, the reality is many potential buyers view even small, quick fixes like changing paint as money, worry and work.
4. Small appliances. While you may be pressed for space and like the slim line version of your favorite appliance, most homebuyers prefer to see full size and scale of appliances. Appliances are expensive, and many homeowners will not want to have to purchase new ones when they buy your home.
5. Pools and hot tubs. These may be a status symbol in your neighborhood. But homebuyers see pools as a negative, especially families with young children who many have safety concerns. Both pools and hot tubs are also seen as potential negatives to homebuyers because of maintenance costs.
Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and interior design and home staging. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com http://www.cathyhobbs.com.