Throwback Thursday: Old Finishes that Buyers Hate

Happy Thursday everyone.  Today I want to tell you about some of the things that I see in homes on the market that my buyers HATE!  Don’t get me wrong, I train my clients to look past the items or flaws in the home that can be easily fixed but these are usually things that aren’t hard to replace and would make a world of difference when it comes to first impressions.   Here are just a few of the things to “throwback” when it comes to staging your home.


Did you get the chills or cold sweats when I said that?  Yeah, well you’re not alone.  It gives me the willies too.   Wallpaper comes in a variety of styles and those who choose to paper their walls usually choose a pattern that fits their style.  That’s a problem because your home needs to be as neutral as possible so buyers can envision their own style throughout the home.  The amount of work it takes for a buyer to remove wallpaper from a space is daunting and most likely pushes them over the fence right into the next property.  If you’re a seller and you have wallpaper, you MUST remove it prior to listing.  Period.

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Brass Light Fixtures

This is one of my biggest pet peeves.  Switching out these outdated fixtures for their more neutral and newer counterparts makes a world of difference to potential buyers.  Buyers create perceptions of homes in their minds as they are walking through them.  Seeing old fixtures creates a perception of age, which leads to potential problems, and that leads to added expenses.  (Okay, so maybe buyers can be Hypochondriacs at times), but that’s just the way it works.  So take a trip to your local big box store and switch them all out!

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Glamour Shots

You read that correctly.  You would be astonished if you knew how many “glamour shots” from the 70’s I see in active listings.  Taking down your personal photos is not ground breaking advice, but hear me out.  Your home is no longer your home; it’s a product that you’re trying to sell (to a picky market).  No one wants your highly photoshopped anniversary photo with that awesome vignette on their wall or in their minds; where of which it will stay until long after they leave the showing.  (And they won’t be coming back).

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Lace Curtains

Here’s another really quick fix.  Take down the lace curtains that are hanging on that brass curtain rod.  (I guessed right, didn’t I)? Take them both down.  Go get a sturdy curtain rod and two modestly priced curtain panels in a classic pattern like herringbone.  This is another item that subliminally affects buyers’  perception of the property even if they don’t acknowledge it verbally.

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Old Appliances

This is an item that comes up almost every time the appliance aren’t brand new.  I’m not saying to always replace them, but stay open minded to it if potential buyers bring it up, (because they usually do).

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That’s all folks.  My tone today was harsh, but I don’t lie to my clients and if anyone tells you to “leave that wallpaper, it’s fabulous”… RUN!  THEY ARE LYING TO YOU!  Getting the best return on your investment isn’t easy, but it’s not that difficult either; you just have to be willing to make some adjustments to make your product more marketable.

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Jenna Martindale | Lic Mn | Edina Realty | 507.993.7036 |


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