Wallpaper Woes

Reblogger Svetlana Stolyarova
Real Estate Agent with Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution BRK 2007000844

Home decoration magazines start telling that wallpaper is back again. It's kind of  a new treng in  home design. However, many buyers get resisted to idea of removing wallpapers. Many houses sit on the market because of wallpaper.

The blog post below is one great piece of advice to home sellers. 

Think about it! Potential buyers have even more objections against removing YOUR wallpaper than you do.

Have a happy and smooth home selling experience!

Original content by Kathryn Maguire

Whenever I am working with a home seller, and the home has a lot of wallpaper, I usually recommend that they remove it prior to the first day that it is listed.  When I bring this up, I am usually greeted with a great deal of resistance.  Here are a few reasons that I have heard for not removing wallpaper:

1.  The wallpaper has a story behind it...it brings back happy memories for the sellers. They remember the pains they went through to pick the perfect pattern that would go with all of their furniture and decorations.  

2.  They paid a LOT of money for that perfect wallpaper!

3.  It is too much of a pain to remove.  Removing wallpaper does require the application of chemicals or steaming the paper off of the walls.  And after the paper is removed, the walls underneath may need to be patched and touched up in order to restore a smooth finish.

However, kind seller, please remember that wallpaper is an extremely personal choice.  This fact is demonstrated by the myriad of selections whenever you go into a home decor store. There are thousands and thousands of choices out there to match the unique tastes and preferences of the homeowner.

So my question is this:  Do you want to limit your buyer pool to that one buyer who loves the wallpaper as much as you do?  Of course you don't.  When you put your house on the market, you must market to the broadest audience possible.  I am not trying to be difficult, I just want what you want:  To SELL your house.

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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You are so right about wallpaper.  A lot of people and this includes me too, say, "Oh, wallpaper and all that work."  When I watch HGTV, I just say don't talk about wallpaper and I can't believe they use it in a lot of their shows. 

Aug 08, 2010 12:10 PM #1
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Svetlana Stolyarova
Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution - Mayfield Heights, OH
Local-n-Global Realty, Broker 216-548-4663

Lizette - some home owners still keep that 70s' fashionable wallpaper with metallic flower print on it. Buyers just get a signal: Stay away from this property. It's a big , big project which will ruin your budget!

Whoever want s to sell the house should change the signal to more welcoming one.

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