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5 Signs Your Home is Outdated (And How to Fix It)

No one wants to REALLY hear the truth! Think about it… do you think you would like someone telling you that your baby isn’t the cutest baby in history? A little harsh but sellers treat their homes like their children. When you want to sell your home, it is best to leave it to someone with an objective eye. Dated touches/accents might be charming to you but they may overwhelm buyers and send them running out the door. 

I get it, but I’m here to tell you: Stop making excuses and be a savvy seller! Your outdated decor will immediately turn off a potential buyer, lowering your home value and making the selling process that much more difficult.

Today’s buyer wants modern homes with amenities and convenience. Of course some are willing to compromise on that but your marketing strategy should cater to the MAJORITY and not the minority.

Here are a couple things to consider:

1. White appliances

White stoves look outdated.

White stoves look outdatedthelinke/iStock

You probably know stainless steel is all the rage for kitchen appliances, but if your stove is still white, now’s the time to update. Not only are white appliances harder to keep spotless, but you’re risking turning off buyers. If you are on a budget, consider black appliances. Automatically gives a more sleek appearance. While there are buyers who want white… in order to sell in an aggressive market, you need to target the majority. 

2. Busy wallpaper and bold paint

Busy wallpaper could scare away potential buyers.

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Buyers care about what’s on your walls. It’s difficult to envision yourself living in a room when it has loud outdated wallpaper or colors. For best results on a budget, consider painting over the wallpaper or removing it altogether. Buyers want neutral tones which serves 2 purposes. Makes the place appear larger and also cleaner.


3. Dated, boring fixtures and hardware

Gold doorknobs could close a lot of doors for potential buyers.

Gold doorknobs could close a lot of doors for potential buyersDonNichols/iStock

Mixed metals such as silver and bronze were the rage of 2015. Gold did not make the final cut. Consider a makeover before putting your home on the market. Gold fixtures and accents automatically places your buyers in the 80s.

Even exchanging beige outlet plates for white ones can make a huge difference.

This is a detail we often overlook when it’s our own home and we see it everyday, but can go a long way in appealing to buyers.

4. Tiled countertops

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You might not give much thought to your kitchen and bathroom countertops, but potential buyers certainly will. Consider ditching your old-school tiled countertops before a sale.

The grout is hard to clean especially when colored liquids set, if the tile chips…that’s yet another expense. Your goal is to make buyers see your home as minimal maintenance. Aim for a solid countertop. Anything is better than tile. Really!

5. Wood paneling

Wood? We would not.

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If your home screams “That ’70s Show,” do something about it before listing.

No question about it “Wood paneling instantly dates a home.” If you can’t afford to replace it, paint it a neutral color to make it feel more modern and up-to-date.

It’s amazing what white paint can do to make a dark, dreary room feel like somewhere you actually want to live. Remember, you are making changes for the NEW Owner not for your preferences!


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