Catch Up With The Joneses: 8 Must Do Upgrades To Get Your Home Out Of The 80's

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These are all relevant updates to get a dated home up to par to compete in todays market for top dollar.  Popcorn ceilings are not that expensive to have removed, call me if you need a list of those performing this work in the City.  When aleviating the brass, get rid of it all, the light switches, bath cabinet pulls, and door knobs.

Original content by Emily Lowe #311723

Catch Up With The Joneses


8 Must Do Upgrades To Get Your Home Out Of The 80’s 


 We update our wardrobe to keep up with the latest fashions and we prefer to drive new or late model cars. So why not instill the same philosophy when it comes to your home? Don’t get me wrong the 80’s was a great era for big hair and acid wash jeans but not so much for interior design. Keeping your home updated is vital if you ever plan on putting your house on the market.  So if you’ve been putting it off it’s about time to catch up with the Jonses so your home value isn’t left behind in the real estate dust. Here are 8 desperately needed home upgrades that should be done today to get your home out of the 80’s


  1. Colored Bathrooms: The Pepto Bismal look is way out. So is the Smurf look. So get rid of those pink or blue colored tiles in the bathroom and replace the basin, tub or toilet that screams grandma and grandpa’s house. Based on many surveys woman revere the bathrooms as key selling points of a home. 

  2. Kitchen Appliances: If you can use the words avocado or mustard in any sentence when describing your kitchen then you better head to Home Depot to open a line of credit and cave into an upgrade. It’s the year 2013 – it’s all about stainless steel.

  3. Countertops: It is sooooo time to eliminate the laminate! Bite the bullet and upgrade to granite countertops. It increases your home value instantly. Every current home buyer seeks out granite countertops so it’s a must these days.

  4. Brass Chandeliers & Ceiling Fans: If you have either of these (or both) it is time to get rid of them. In fact, anything with brass on it needs to be updated. The only thing bigger in the 80’s than hair was brass. And just how brass tarnishes, so has its style. Update to bronze or nickel chandeliers and newer fans.

  5. Wood Paneling: Remove your wood paneling, throw it in the fireplace and roast some marshmallows. Wood paneling does nothing but make a room look dark and outdated. By removing the wood paneling and adding a fresh coat of paint you will convert the look of the room drastically.

  6. Red or Bright Colored Carpet: The only place you should ever see red carpet is in Hollywood and at music award ceremonies, NOT IN YOUR HOUSE! Red or bright colored carpeting is an eyesore. If your house is on the market you want to lure your prospective buyers not scare them. Opt for neutral colored carpeting.

  7. Wall Paper Borders: Unless it’s a room strictly designed as a nursery, wall paper borders should be taken down immediately and never to reappear again. It dates a room back to the 80’s and its time to head back to the future. Repaint the walls with an earth tone or neutral color.

  8. Popcorn Ceilings: Popcorn belongs in a bucket with butter and salt, not on your ceiling! This dates your home like there’s no yesterday and it reminds people of old cheap motel rooms. It’s easy to remove (just a little messy) by simply spraying warm water on it, letting it soak, and then scraping it right off. 



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a Nashville Home please contact:


Emily Lowe 

The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty 

Office: (615) 463-3333 / Cell: (615) 509-1753 

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Comments (5)

Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Great reblog! something to think about for sure! Glad I found it and thanks for subscribing! :) Happy Weekend!

Jun 07, 2013 01:39 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Lots of great tips, hopefully those that may considering selling should pay attention to. Nice choice for a re-blog.

Jun 07, 2013 08:15 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
Thanks for stopping by Tammy and Joe! It can be hard to know where to start for sellers who need to do some updating.
Jun 08, 2013 12:51 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Oh yes, don't you love 1980's decorating.  I have removed more than my fair share of popcorn ceilings in my ownership.  It seems that every property I buy always has those same Euro style cabinets.  Of course, I always change those out too :)

Jul 22, 2013 01:38 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
Shades of Orville Redenbacher, Lisa! I'm updating all my light switches, knobs and fixtures to all brushed nickel right now.
Jul 30, 2013 11:15 AM