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Your House Is Dated

6 Features That May Say Your House Is Dated!

Are you considering selling your home and are worried your house is dated? Below are some of the features that date your home, along with some tips for how to improve them.

Your house is dated if …

  1. You have popcorn or textured ceilings.

Not many things age a house more than popcorn ceilings. It’s a huge job to remove them on your own so talk to a painting contractor to see how they can help you. If you can’t afford to have them removed by a professional, a fresh coat of white paint will remove the yellowish look they often get with age.

  1. Your countertops are tiled.

If your counter tops are made up of tiles with a lot of grout lines, you know how hard it is to keep them clean. This can turn off a buyer very quickly. Installing new countertops doesn’t have to break the bank and gives the room a sleek new look. Places like Home Depot or Lowe’s sell pre-made countertops for bathrooms relatively inexpensively and they also have a great selection of kitchen counters which can often be professionally installed by them.

     TIP: To take it to the next level consider a solid surface stone countertop. 

  1. Any of you rooms have wallpaper borders.

Get rid of wallpapered boarders if you want to take 20 years off the appearance of your home and modernize the look.

     TIP: Wallpaper can add texture and a modern element to a room or feature wall. 

  1. You have brass fixtures.

While these may have been popular in the 1980’s or 90’s, todays buyers want a more neutral appearance. Brushed nickel, stainless or even black fixtures can be installed to give the area a fresh look and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Brass is making a come back though! Take a look at some of the modern brass finishes. Not quite those brass faucets we’ve seen in the past.

     TIP: Incorporate a eclectic vintage chair or brass accent into your modern decor. 

  1. Your home has wall to wall carpets.

A lot of buyers today tend to want hardwood floors. If you’re carpets are not in great shape, are badly stained or have an awful pattern on them you might want to think about getting new flooring installed. At the very least, remove any carpets in the bathrooms because that’s a sure-fire turn off for any potential buyer.

  1. Your appliances are old, worn out or strange colours.

A lot of us probably remember the old “harvest gold” or “avocado green” appliances. These age your home quickly so if you can afford to upgrade to new appliances, do it before you list the home.


This is not a complete list of things dating your home, but it’s a great starting point. Call RE/MAX of Nanaimo if you’re thinking about selling your home (even if you thing your house is dated) and one of our well qualified agents will be happy to do a home evaluation to see what your home is worth. Call (250) 751-1223 today.

5 Things That Can Turn Off Buyers, RE/MAX of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Real Estate

4 Things That Can Turn Off Buyers

You’ve made the decision to sell your home and now you’re waiting for the perfect buyer to come through the door. But what are four things that can turn off buyers? Although the list could be much longer, here are four things that can turn people off.

Things that can turn off buyers

  1. Live animals.

You love your animals – they’re family after all. But not everyone feels the same. If you have pets that usually roam the house, either remove them during times when the property is being shown, or at the very least, ensure they are in a crate, cage or pet carrier of some sort. Your pets don’t know the people entering your home, so it’s important they are secured, especially dogs and cats. Be sure to also air out the home so that pet odors are not obvious.

  1. Mystery rooms.

Rooms that are kept locked or are inaccessible to potential buyers may cause some worry or concern as to what is going on in there. If you need to secure personal belongings, either put them in the crawl space or a locked garden shed, or even an off-site storage facility temporarily. Buyers want to see the whole house and it may deter some people if they are unable to view every room.

  1. Sports memorabilia.

You’re an avid fan, and there’s nothing you love more than your local team. But since you’ll be moving anyway, put the memorabilia in boxes so that buyers can view the room, rather than your collection of autographed baseballs or signed hockey sticks.

  1. Bad smells.

If there are any kind of lingering odors, whether it’s pet related, cooking odors, or smoke of any kind, make sure your home is as fresh and clean as possible. If your pets have soiled the carpets, have them professionally cleaned. If you love to cook with certain pungent spices, make sure you don’t do it when you know someone’s coming to look at the house. And stop smoking in the house while it’s listed for sale. Smoke can get into every soft surface, so a thorough cleaning may be required to completely eliminate the smell.


If you’re ready to sell your home, call one of our expert real estate agents at RE/MAX of Nanaimo today, at (250) 751-1223. They can help you decide on the best way to showcase your home to increase the chance of a quick sale.