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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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