In my opinion, you bet it does. People are busier today than ever before. A lot of us lead much busier, fast-paced lives than our parents ever did, and they didn't have all of the gadgets that we have today. You know; the ones that are supposed to make our lives easier. The pace of daily life just seems to keep picking up speed.
The same carries through to the housing market. More and more home buyers just don't have the time for extensive home renovations and decorating. Therefore, a lot of potential buyers out there are looking for properties that are in "move-in" condition. Some are even willing to pay a premium for that luxury.
There will always be the Do It Yourselfers - good for them. However, keep in mind when you are selling your property, that there are a lot of people who can't dedicate the extra time to these projects. The more that you can do to make your property "move-in" ready before listing it, the less a buyer will have to do. Believe me, buyers notice these things.
Take for example wallpaper. It can be a very labour intensive project to remove it. Not to mention that sometimes where there is wallpaper, there is more wallpaper. I remember being in one home that had 3 or 4 layers on the walls - a new home owner's worst nightmare! Are your walls painted in a very bright colour that may not appeal to others? You should consider re-painting with a more neutral palette.
Before you list your property (and that's what it now is, you have to stop thinking of it as your home) do a walk-through and try to see how others will view it. Ask yourself how much work a potential buyer would have to do if they bought your property. If the answer is "a lot", then it's time to take down that wallpaper, paint the walls and fix those other items that you noticed. Don't have the time to do it yourself? Remember, there are lots of buyers out there that won't either. Maybe it's time to call in the professionals.
Dezigner Digz is a full-service home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario and servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Aldershot, Burlington, Bronte, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas. The owner and lead Design Consultant, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves as President of the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.