Dear Sellers-The 70's Called And They Want Their Disco Ball Back

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Shiny Foil WallpaperYou see the buyer's whince as soon as they walk in the front door.  No matter how you try to say it's "only cosmetic" they stand in awe of the job in front of them.

What is it that causes the issue?  A roll of paper stuck to your walls with paste...wallpaper paste that is.  It doesn't matter if you've upgraded the carpet or even the bathrooms if the house is covered with 1970's shiny wallpaper the buyers are instantly calculating the cost to have it removed and repaint the house.  What it might actually cost to do the job is irrelevant.  In a buyer's mind they see dollar signs and they are likely far above what the job might cost to be done.

My mother was an interior designer.  When they bought their home in the 1950's she began painting and then wallpapering.  The only rooms in the house that escaped the wallpaper were the living room and upstairs hall.  Over the years wallpaper went over wallpaper.  When I purchased the home in 1990 the wallpaper removal began.  It was an interesting trip back through time and as a do it yourself project it's not that hard just time consuming and messy.

 


Laura Ashley-OUT
Foil Wallpaper-OUT
Flocked Wallpaper-OUT
Tree Murals-OUT
Fruit Borders-OUT

Bamboo Pattern WallpaperWhen my son and his wife were housing hunting in Denver they found a home they liked but decided to pass on because of the black background flowered wall paper in the dining room and kitchen.  A month later the agent sent them pictures of a new house to look at that was freshly painted in neutral colors and they jumped on it.   You guessed it.  The same house sans wallpaper.

If you are getting ready to put your Northern Virginia house on the market and you are stuck in a 1970's time warp of wallpaper call a painter to help you take it down.  The money you spend up front to freshen up your decor will help get your home SOLD quicker and likely for a higher price.  If you are getting ready to list your house for sale in Northern Virginia give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213 to talk about what you need to do to get your house ready to sell.

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Diane McDermott
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Cindy, the 70's style wallpaper brings back memories of the kitchen in my parents house when they bought it...a look that really doesn't deserve a second chance!  And you're right, buyers are not very kind or forgiving when it comes to wallpaper but getting it out of there really can have a huge impact for the better

May 25, 2011 11:00 AM #3
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Gail C. Harris
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Cindy, try as hard as you might when you explain to people to rid their home of these items some just won't listen!! :)

May 25, 2011 11:09 AM #4
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Liz Flint
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Hi Cindy, what a great blog, hope lots of sellers read it.

May 25, 2011 12:12 PM #5
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Cindy...my mom and dad built a home in the 70's.....mirrors everywhere.....Nice post!
Hope you had a great day!!!---Rob

May 25, 2011 12:19 PM #6
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Kay Van Kampen
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I remember all that wallpaper and the shag carpeting.  I hate wallpaper to this day.

May 25, 2011 02:41 PM #7
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Michelle-I've encountered the leopard carpet too.  Won't say what we were thinking at the time.

May 26, 2011 12:18 AM #8
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Jim-gold, avocado green, red you name it shag came in loads of fun colors. 

May 26, 2011 12:18 AM #9
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Diane-I joke with my clients that I have a wallpaper steamer and it is available for all of my clients to use.  One or two have but most just say no to houses with loads of wallpaper.

May 26, 2011 12:20 AM #10
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Gail-a border in a childs room is one thing, wallpaper everywhere is likely to make a buyer walk away.

May 26, 2011 12:21 AM #11
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Liz-if only one or two read it and it helps them realize bringing their house up to date is important, then I've done my job.

May 26, 2011 12:21 AM #12
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Rob-oh I forgot about the mirrored walls.  They were classy too.

May 26, 2011 12:22 AM #13
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Kay-after taking down all of the rooms full of wallpaper at my parent's house I admit to a certain prejudice against it now.

May 26, 2011 12:24 AM #14
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Cindy, I remember when those wallpapers came out and we got some wildly patterned yellow paper in our hallway... that was so hip!  :-)  But time goes by and we now jsut cringe when see those remnants!

May 26, 2011 01:47 AM #15
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Silvia-and what is scary is wallpaper is making a comeback.  I see it on the decorating shows and cringe.  Now about those peel and stick stars on the kids bedroom ceilings.  Disaster!

May 26, 2011 03:40 AM #16
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Cindy, not all wallpaper makes me cringe, but the shiny mylars would make me run.  Shag carpet is a no no too, no matter what color.  ANother pet peeve of mind is the pink bublegum colored bathrooms.  Ugh!!

May 26, 2011 11:18 AM #17
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Hi Cindy - That is too funny! I remember all that foil wall paper!  I just removed the last of the wallpaper and I will never do it again--I don't care if it comes back into style.

May 26, 2011 12:24 PM #18
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Leah-but pink bathrooms are so in now :-)

May 26, 2011 01:47 PM #19
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Peggy-don't think shiny foil paper will be back in style anytime soon...at least I hope not.

May 26, 2011 01:47 PM #20
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Pat Fenn
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The foil wallpaper reminds me of my parents basement.  I think we had a similar pattern along with green shag carpeting. 

May 28, 2011 12:23 AM #21
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Michael Taylor
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Nothing like a little "vintage decor" to send potential buyers running in the opposite direction, lol... Glad the homeowners eventually caught on and re-did the walls.

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