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House Décor Faux Pas: Trends Which Turn Off Potential Buyers

Whether your house is currently on the market or you’re in the early stages of considering a move, there is a seemingly endless list of things to tick off before you’re ready to sell your home. From deep cleaning that cooker to arranging house viewings, there is plenty to think about but perhaps one aspect you might not have considered is the décor of your home.

Of course, everyone has their own individual tastes and styles and so naturally you’ve furnished and painted your home accordingly, but patterns or colour schemes you think are stunning, may be a potential buyer’s worst nightmare. It may pain you to do so, but giving your property a more neutral make-under could be one of the most positive things you could do to help aid your sale. Not only does this give your house a cleaner, fresher appearance, but it also allows those viewing it to imagine a clean slate for them to do with as they please. With this in mind, here are just a few décor disasters that are likely to turn off potential buyers.

Conversational Prints

Although conversational prints may be fashionable in terms of clothing right now, they are a definite faux pas when it comes to your home. In terms of patterned carpets, wallpaper and fabrics, less is definitely more and bold patterns can be severely off-putting, especially if your taste is clashing patterns. Repainting walls is a straightforward task and something you can easily do yourself, similarly re-papering your walls can be a simple task as long as you’ve tried it before. Re-carpeting your home however is a little trickier to master yourself, and so it’s best to let the professionals tackle this for you. Alternatively, why not strip your home of carpet completely and instead make the most of the gorgeous wooden floorboards underneath.
Garage Clutter

We’re all guilty of cramming as much of those “essential” items we simply can’t part with into our garage. As convenient for us as this is, the sight of all of that clutter, or a garage not being utilised as it was originally intended can be less than appealing. De-cluttering and ridding yourself of unnecessary junk will be a positive move on two fronts. Firstly, it will help you to prepare for the big move and rid you of anything you don’t need to take to your future home, and secondly, would-be buyers to see your garage in the way that itwill look when they move in.
These may seem like mammoth tasks, but simply making these minor changes can mean the difference between a house sale, and a long waiting period on the housing market. If you’re feeling totally lost then companies such as House Network can even visit your home and advise you on what changes they feel would help boost the sale of your property

Natasha Poly

Natasha Poly for Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2015

Jessica Chastain

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