Outrageous Decor - It Does Not Help Your Home's Value

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Real Estate Agent with The Buyers' Counsel

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I was showing homes to a client today when I walked into something that gave me more of a jar than my first cup of coffee. 

Entering the foyer of a brand new home, I saw red.  ... and lilac, maroon, olive green and, eventually a bright yellow kitchen.  This was all within my initial eyeshot as I entered this house.  I could not help but to gasp as the listing broker said, "Wait until you see upstairs." 

On the second level there was a purple room, a bright pink room and a mint green room.  In the master bedroom, there were green walls and dark brown wall to wall carpeting (completely different from the rest of carpeting on that level.) 

This is something that I would usually expect of an older home that people have been gradually trying to redecorate over the years.  But, this was a brand new home! 

From my experience of growing up in the seventies, I can say that I enjoy colors as much as anyone.  However, from experience as a real estate agent, I would strongly advise against doing this to a home - unless you are going to live there for the rest of your life. 

Decorating a home to your own taste is a wonderful thing. It is a reflection of your personality. But, overdoing it with intensely personal and loud colors will reduce its appeal to potential buyers.  Most people cannot imagine themselves living in a home with over-powering décor. It's just not - comfortable. 

When buyers walk through a home with too many loud colors all they are thinking is, "Just how much is going to cost us to redo all of this?"  

So, just as when you buy, think resale - when you decorate, do the same.

 

 Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230

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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
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Hi Claudette ~ Sounds like quite the house! Walls don't have to be white but the colors have to be *right* - if they're not they gotta go!

Liz

Mar 30, 2010 11:07 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Claudette:  I've been in those houses that feel like a crayon box.  It's too much.  I do like it when I see homes that do a color I would not have considered, but make it work with the furnishings.  But too many colors in one house is a BIG turnoff.

Mar 30, 2010 11:22 AM #2
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Steve Loynd
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Claudette, When asked by sellers about to "up date before the sale"...I tell them think neutral -PLEASE.

Mar 30, 2010 11:30 AM #3
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Hi, Liz:

I agree - white is not necessary but loud and too many colors are just too distracting from someone being able to picture the home as their own. I have seen so much expensive decorating, professionally done, that is just too over powering for the average buyer to take.

Chris Ann:

With my limited "Martha Stewart" talents, I also admire when I see colors that have been put together successfully that I would not have thought to do. That requires an eye for decorating.

 

 

 

Mar 30, 2010 11:31 AM #4
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Claudette, 

While you are living there enjoy, but less is WAY more when it comes to color within the house.  Every room looks smaller when the colors change.  If the color stays the same, the rooms evolve into each other. 

Maybe Crayola could shoot a commercial there?

All the best, Michelle

Mar 30, 2010 11:32 AM #5
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Steve:

Absolutely - neutral, neutral is the best road to take to try to appeal to as large an audience as possible.

 

Mar 30, 2010 11:33 AM #6
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Michelle:

As I said, color away if you are going to live there for the rest of your life, but, if you ever want to be able to resell that's a different story.

Crayola would have had a field day in this house.

 

Mar 30, 2010 11:35 AM #7
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Richard Weisser
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Claudette...

How right you are. It's risky to take too many chances with color.

Mar 30, 2010 12:03 PM #8
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Richard:

With my limited decorating ability, I always prefer to error on the neutral side.

Mar 30, 2010 12:07 PM #9
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Steve Shatsky
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Hi Claudette... when I see houses painted like you describe I always think of the Partridge Family bus.  I have no idea why!

Mar 30, 2010 04:38 PM #10
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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I saw something like this recently also.  What where these people thinking!  I am wondering why the agent didn't suggest a repaint.  Now they have to look for that perfect buyer - color blind.

Mar 31, 2010 03:40 AM #11
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Hi, Steve:

Ah, yes, the Patridge Family. I saw David Cassidy in a production last year.  He is still around.  I also equate those loud colors with the 70's.  I grew up in a pink house.

Jane:

I think often the agent has suggested it. Sometimes a home owner has to have it sit on the market for awhile before they will listen to this. Particularly if they thought the colors were wonderful.

 

Mar 31, 2010 04:39 AM #12
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Jim Hale
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Claudette -

Paint can sure be a plus or a minus, an asset to the asset or a liability to the bank account.

Mar 31, 2010 07:49 AM #13
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Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Claudette - I have seen this recently as well, but it also extended to the tile work in the kitchen and bathrooms.  One bathroom had purple tile, the next one had fire engine red.  These were model homes!  I went back to the sales office and just said "that was brave".  I can see a lot of painting and re-tiling in the future in that new home development.

Mar 31, 2010 11:07 AM #14
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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Jim:

Just as with a woman's makeup - better to have too little than too much...

Cynthia:

Wow - tile is a much worse transgression that paint. At least painting is easy (and relatively cheap). Pulling out tile is a major expense. 

 

 

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