8 Things Real Estate Pros Would NEVER Do to Their Homes

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By Brie Dyas, from housebeautiful.com

When they decorate or remodel, they think like a potential buyer.

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1. INSTALL BUILT-INS
If you’ve ever watched “House Hunters,” you might be confused by this one. Doesn’t everyone want built-in shelving?

“Think very carefully about them,” says Jennifer Kjellgren, broker and owner of Intown Expert, a real estate firm in Atlanta. “Are they so specific that a future owner wouldn’t like them? Will they quickly become dated?”

Built-ins can impact the architecture and layout of a room, so Kjellgren suggests trying a less-permanent piece of furniture instead — especially if you know you’re going to sell your home someday.

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2. PICK LOUD CABINETRY
We’ve seen cabinets of all color that pop with personality. But the bolder the choice, the fewer people that will like it. “I’d stay away from any decor that seems quirky or too specific — such as purple countertops or green cabinets,” says Redfin real estate agent Julie Jacobson. Show your personality with funky kitchen accessories, instead. A neutral cabinet backdrop also means new accents change your room’s vibe on a whim.

You might not be keen to take care of hardwoods, but many pros frown upon carpeting. “Stay away from it,” says Redfin real estate agent Alec Traub. He notes that hard floors like wood or even polished concrete are trends that are sticking. Plus, they’re way more versatile: “It’s easy to warm up a living space with an area rug instead,” he says.

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3. CHOOSE WALL-TO-WALL CARPETING
You might not be keen to take care of hardwoods, but many pros frown upon carpeting. “Stay away from it,” says Redfin real estate agent Alec Traub. He notes that hard floors like wood or even polished concrete are trends that are sticking. Plus, they’re way more versatile: “It’s easy to warm up a living space with an area rug instead,” he says.

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4. HANG CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS
Again, you might be the only one who loves your pricey custom choices. Plus, they’ll only work with the windows in your current home, so you can’t take them with you — know matter how much they cost.

“Don’t spend a ton of money on specialized window treatments,” says Ken Wile, a real estate agent with Redfin. “It’s better to have simple, neutral-toned blinds.”

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5. PAINT OVER PANELING
Sure, dark wood panels are no longer on-trend, and they make a room feel heavy. But if you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, Chiquita Pittman, a sales associate with RE/MAX Platinum New Jersey, advises that it’s best to leave the paneling alone. Painting is a change that’s just not easily reversed — so let your home’s next owner make that decision.

And if you just can’t live with them, get rid of them. “You are better off refacing and replacing them,” Pittman says.

Do this, and you’ll make selling way more difficult. “Every bedroom is a coveted space that can bump your listing up into the next bracket,” says Monica Ma, director of consumer public relations at Trulia. “Buyers might be looking for two, three, four bedrooms — or more. You might dream of knocking down a wall to create a giant walk-in closet, but unfortunately, most buyers won’t share your fantasy.”

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6. PERMANENTLY CONVERT A BEDROOM
Do this, and you’ll make selling way more difficult. “Every bedroom is a coveted space that can bump your listing up into the next bracket,” says Monica Ma, director of consumer public relations at Trulia. “Buyers might be looking for two, three, four bedrooms — or more. You might dream of knocking down a wall to create a giant walk-in closet, but unfortunately, most buyers won’t share your fantasy.”

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7. ADD A POOL
A personal pool sounds luxurious, but buyers will often only see it in a negative light. “People with small children may be concerned about safety risks, those looking for a low-maintenance yard will not want to deal with the hassle, and pools certainly don’t appeal to buyers on a budget,” says Ma.

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8. HANG WALLPAPER
Whether patterned, textured, foiled, or solid, wallpaper is often stunning. But alas, it’s also a really personal choice that’s hard to change. And this is true even at the highest end of the real estate market. F. Ron Smith, the founder of luxury real estate firm Partners Trust, wouldn’t even put wallpaper in very specific, small places — like a wine room. “It will not last on the wall, or in style,” he says.

Source : http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/renovation/g2605/things-real-estate-pros-would-never-do/

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One thought on “8 Things Real Estate Pros Would NEVER Do to Their Homes

  1. This post is great – thank you so much. You hit the spot with these, especially the built-in’s and the wall-to-wall carpeting. Will make sure to share this – thanks again.

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