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Top 10 Reasons Not to Wallpaper (As Seen on the MLS)

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

This is by no means a new topic, but I've decided to put a new 'spin' on it and, hopefully, further make my point with the aid of a few visuals.  The following list was created by me but the photos, and this post, are part of my "As Seen on the MLS" series which is aimed at educating buyers and sellers everywhere.

10. It's not as easy to wallpaper as it is to paint.

  9. Painting over wallpaper simply doesn't look professional.

  8. You're renting and you want to get your entire security deposit returned.

  7. Wallpapered doors and ceilings are not fun to replace and/or repair.

  6. The buyers may want to use the baby's room as their office.

  5. The buyers will want to use the office as their baby's room.

  4. The buyers have two boys and you have two girls.

  3. You are into pastels and the buyer is a fan of earth tones. 

  2. What looks like "the latest" style today will look dated in a few years.

  1. The offer amount will reflect the buyers' estimated effort & cost to remove, repair & repaint the room(s).



Comments (66)

Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
I hate wallpaper and I always try my hardest to get sellers to take it down or people will estimate the cost at more than triple to take off the asking price.  I listed a house today where there is wallpaper in the picture frame molding in the dining room.  He did every single other repair I asked him to do, so I couldn't complain that he didn't get to that area.  Since it's broken up by the white wall around it, it's not too bad, and it'll show ok, but getting rid of the obnoxious paint colors and burgundy mini blinds throughout were more important.
Jun 30, 2007 07:16 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
This is yet another great post Leanne.  You just reminded me why I HATE wallpaper!!!  UGHHHHHH...... the only thing I hate worst than wallpaper is a border!! Who invented that... aldjfjddsjflasjdf;jasd;fj
Jun 30, 2007 01:03 PM
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island
You haven't lived until you've seen a townhome with 1970's-style psychedelic green foil wallpaper with those Peter Max wavy lines all over it.  The stuff won't come off without a struggle and you need a blindfold to walk through the house!
Jun 30, 2007 05:32 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

My eyes, My eyes they are now burning!

Jul 01, 2007 05:43 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Lol, I agree with Todd:-)  I've always preferred paint myself.
Jul 03, 2007 10:37 PM
Ana Connell
G & C Properties - Burbank, CA
Burbank Real Estate Agent

Lol, this takes it to a whole new level, I'm dizzy as well!

Great post smile


Jul 04, 2007 05:36 AM
Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR
Remax Services - Plantation, FL
Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise
Very nice,what great pictures to get the point across. 
Jul 18, 2007 02:48 PM
Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR
Remax Services - Plantation, FL
Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise
Very nice,what great pictures to get the point across. 
Jul 18, 2007 02:48 PM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

 Be ShockedBut don't let them see you sweat!!! Wondering how in the world are you going to sell the house with those weird colors in each room and then the outside has two or three very loud colors, plus the xmas lights are still up! 

Its like Chaka Chan song "I feel for you". lol

Jul 19, 2007 04:28 PM
Joe Dallorso
Ocala, FL
Ocala Real Estate


I watched a virtual tour that a friend sent over earlier this morning. As I read your blog I thought of how all that wall paper would look on a virtual tour. Then as I read the posts & saw all the comments about getting dizzy it reinforced the idea of wall paper & Virtual tours being dangerous especially to those like me who are already dizzy to begin with. Anyway this could be a whole new angle for your amusing bad mls images blog series. It may require a disclaimer...dangerous to your mental health.

Jul 20, 2007 12:31 AM
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

An appraiser just recently deducted from a home's value because of the extensive and dated wallpaper in a home with plaster walls.  I really don't think there is any "Good" wallpaper.  I encourage sellers to remove it and paint the walls a neutral color or the buyer will take off what they think it will cost from their offer.

Oct 28, 2007 09:06 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Great post. I showed a house that did not have any interior pictures. I called the agent to ask what the condition of the house was , before showing it. The agent said there was too much wall paper and it did not look good in pictures.
Oct 28, 2007 10:41 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
Wow...those are some great photos of why not to use wall paper.  I am dizzy just from looking at the photos on my computer.
Oct 29, 2007 12:06 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!
Great post, Leanne.  All the photos made my eyes hurt and head spin...especially the matching bedspread one.
Jan 31, 2008 10:46 AM
Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
"The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
Leanne- Scary looking rooms, they make my eyes hurt. I couldn't imagine living in a house with any of those rooms.
Jan 31, 2008 04:30 PM
Ryan Vivo
Gateway Realty - Fairfield, CA
NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894
So they hand made the bedspreads, and used the extra cloth for the walls?
Mar 06, 2008 05:55 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, it depends. Now wallpapers are back and offer more choices than ever. 

Sep 19, 2016 06:36 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wallpaper is the perfect way to bring life into a your home, and with advancements in digital art printing, there are many options available to replicate a work of art for your walls. 

Sep 19, 2016 06:36 PM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Inna Ivchenko - I guess it must be a regional thing... I don't see many homes in my area with recently installed wallpaper.  I'm sure there are many more choices than ever before and perhaps the wallpaper industry has figured out how to make it easier to install and/or remove but given a choice, I think the majority of buyers would stil prefer to have a "neutral" wall to start with.  Wallpaper tends to be a personal thing.  One person's treasured "masterpiece" may be another's idea of "the first thing to go".  This blog post is really geared towards explaining why wallpaper is not a good idea when preparing your home for sale.

Sep 20, 2016 10:41 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, it is true, it is not for everyone and one should to be very careful in choosing what they want( since it is still a permanent solution). Yet, modern choices of wallpaper can make a stunning addition to a decoration of the house. 

Sep 21, 2016 04:34 AM