Home fashion changes more rapidly today than ever.
Blame it on the internet, providing an infinite number of resources for trendy home design, materials and furnishings and the plethora of pricey, design-rich new construction.
Add in the countless real estate websites that show you 35 pictures of each and every home for sale, inside and out, from top to bottom.
This puts your house under the bright-hot spotlight in an era of complete transparency, leaving nothing much to the buyers’ imagination. After checking out all the photos, buyers immediately place your house into one of two categories: Upgraded/Remodeled/Currently Fashionable or Dated.
It’s a brutally bipolar divide. Dated being a code word for less desirable, a money pit, a target for a low-ball offers.
Your listing only includes a photo of the front your house? This immediately puts into the Dated category. You must be hiding something.
So what actually puts you in the Dated category? Here’s a primer.
Dated Materials: These range from paint and carpet to counters, cabinets, sinks, fixtures, doors, tubs, showers, and windows.
Rust, green, or blue carpet or wall color tends to scream “dated.” Wallpaper of any kind or design typically qualifies as dated as well. Oak, cherry, pine, or actually any cabinet color today other than white or gray fits the category. One-inch square tile countertops, one-inch tile tub and shower enclosures, especially in the color spectrum of green and turquoise, also qualify.
Brass or gold fixtures of any kind – lights, door handles, window frames, shower enclosures and faucets – also throw you to the dark side. Wood paneling on the walls that looks like roof shingles will usually be stamped as dated in the minds of prospective buyers. Black, white, harvest gold and avocado green appliances are totally out. Unless you’re in a niche market like mid-century modern, Victorian, Craftsman or Beach Bungalow, take a hard look at what the materials in your house are doing to help you attract more buyers.
Dated Furniture: If your furniture is dated, it taints the whole house regardless of the materials in your home.
If your home was built this century, and you still have the bedroom set from the ’70’s that looks just like Bob and Carol Brady’s furniture, you’re going to be classified as dated.
This is where staging can do wonders. Store the Brady Bunch pieces and bring in something fresh to show off your newer home. Proportions also help tip the scales…