Chris Glass Realtor.com put together a roundup recently that addresses design trends that put potential buyers off. Intrigued? I was. They argue that ‘highly individualistic’ designs overwhelm the potential buyer’s sensibilities, preventing them from seeing themselves living in the home. Makes sense. Now let’s see what they say those off-putting trends are.
1. Boldly painted walls. (Bold, whatever the color, is hard to cover. I get that.)
2. Wall paper. (Amen, brother. I hate that crap.)
3. Lavish light fixtures. (They can be scene-stealers, I guess.)
4. Gleaming gold fixtures. (Personally, I’m not sure how they ever came back in style.)
5. Converted garages. (I do like to have a place to put my wheels.)
6. Converted bedrooms. (If they still have closets, it’s just a matter of swapping furniture, and the seller, presumably, isn’t selling his/her desk and filing cabinets. So, you know, big deal?)
Houzz 7. Carpets. (I was not aware that installing wall to wall was a trend. If it is, it shouldn’t be. And look! A two-fer; shag carpeting and wall paper!)
8. Too-lush landscaping. (This one is funny, because there’s a lady a few blocks away from us that gardens NON-STOP during the growing season. I don’t think there is one square foot of grass in her yard. Flower, bushes, more flowers, more bushes. I can’t imagine keeping it up.)
9. Pools and hot tubs. (This might be a regional thing. Here in the upper Midwest, where pools are only used for about 4 month out of the year, they just aren’t practical. Plus, they’re expensive to maintain. Instead of buying a home with a pool or putting a pool in, it’s easier to make friends with someone who already has one. Heh.)
10. Fancy (or not) pet products. (I thought this was going to be about doggie doors or fancy dog houses, but the warning pertains to toys, food dishes and photos sitting around. Personally, if I was considering buying a house with a doggie door, I’d probably like it even MORE. But that’s me.)
And that’s REALTOR.com’s 10 turnoffs. For me, the only ones that would make me balk would be a swimming pool and maybe a converted garage and landscaping overload. Even wallpaper, which I HATE, wouldn’t prevent me from buying a home that I love. What do you think? Do any of them turn you off? Would they actually prevent you from buying a home? Do share in the comments below!
10 Interior Design Trends That Turn Off Home Buyers [REALTOR.com]