Is Personalizing Your Home a Good Idea?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker 69190

  Earlier today I was reading an article online about the new basics of personalizing your home. The advice of the writer, an interior decorator, was to go bold and make a statement. Bright colors in the kitchen. Dark colors in small spaces in the home and bright colored accent walls. Forgo traditional granite and solid surface counter tops for more exotic choices that really stand out and command attention.


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So, the big question becomes, should you go bold when personalizing your home. Well, the truth is that it's your home and you can really do just about anything you want, but you might want to get comfortable. If you are having work done on your forever home or one that you plan to remain in for a long time, then go nuts. But when it comes time to sell the house, all that personalization can really come back to bite you.

  Most buyers out there still prefer to see a more neutral selections throughout a home and as we all know, first impressions are everything. Fewer and fewer buyers are in search of a project and would much rather have a  home they can move into and not have to worry about making any changes. That's why I always advise sellers to depersonalize their homes prior to putting it on the market and make the house as neutral as possible. So again, there's nothing wrong with personalizing your home. But you may want to think long and hard about you do so and how long you will remain in the home. If you go too bold for the buyers, you may have to call it home a lot longer than you intended.



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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

There's a time and place for everything.  

Jan 05, 2018 04:29 AM #8
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Just repeating my old mantra, the home you live in is not the home you put on the market.  Our homes reflect our personalities and likes.  Now when it comes to selling a home, neutral is always best.

Jan 05, 2018 06:02 AM #9
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Love your last line...." If you go too bold for the buyers, you may have to call it home a lot longer than you intended."  Sooooo true!

Jan 05, 2018 07:00 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Well said- if you plan on enjoying your personal choices for a while, and if you are willing to invest in the changes you need to make when you decide to sell and IF the personal choice is not irreversible- then go for it!

Jan 05, 2018 07:13 AM #11
Matt Brady
Skyline Home Loans - Del Mar, CA
Lending With Competence And Character

People have to be able to see themselves in a home they are buying. So do whatever you want while you live in a house but be prepared with some neutral paint and a clean slate when you try to sell it.

Jan 05, 2018 07:47 AM #12
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Perhaps it always depends on the situation but what's important is that the home is always ready for a showing

Jan 05, 2018 08:20 AM #13
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I'm guessing no seller enjoys the stager telling them they need to repaint that red wall but you're right, most buyers want a more neutral palette when they are buying a home. 

Jan 05, 2018 11:27 AM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

You are exactly right. People prefer their home to be more standard when buying. But then they personalize as time goes on. Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 05, 2018 02:10 PM #15
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Excellent advice. The same goes for fixing up your home before selling. Making it look spic and span is good but remodeling probably isn't.  have seen completely remodeled homes be gutted when the new owner moved in.

Jan 05, 2018 02:42 PM #16
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Jane Peters ...used the words "spic & span" which I believe is a good start point

Jan 05, 2018 03:50 PM #17
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening JL Boney, III,

Love your advice..I'm in complete agreement. It's always wise to neutralize  personalized colors. If you want them to be crazy go for it but know before you sell you need to remember you're presenting a package to a wide audience and better be safe than sorry!

Jan 05, 2018 04:00 PM #18
Laura Filip
RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for sharing the post. Top of the items is to have a clean house I mean clean clean clean de clutter no smells none what so ever... 

Jan 05, 2018 05:32 PM #19
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Your home is your castle, so, fix it up as you wish and enjoy your castle. When it's time to change addresses, depending on the circumstances and the FMV of the property, determining what repairs or improvements might be necessary to close quickly can be addressed then but not while it's your castle IMO. 

Jan 06, 2018 01:52 AM #20
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Fewer distractions mean greater sales...personal is the way you live, neutral is the way you sell.

Jan 06, 2018 04:07 AM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I have had sellers with some nice homes, but they were too personalized.

Painted murals on the wall were a turn off to potential buyers. Now we know that some fresh paint will cover the problem, but when buyers are looking for move in ready, that is a sticking point for them.

Jan 06, 2018 08:10 AM #22
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

This is very true.  Some homeowners don't think about that when redecorating or remodeling.  Then, they can get upset if buyers don't like what they see when it's time to sell.  Fortunately, most of the time it's easy to neutralize decor--but often not hard remodels.

Jan 06, 2018 09:05 AM #23
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing.

Jan 07, 2018 06:50 AM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

If it makes you happy and makes you smile...go for it. Make it your own! are planning to sell anytime soon.


Jan 07, 2018 07:26 AM #25
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

When past clients ask for advice, I tell them neutral with personality.  No one likes a plain vanilla box.  Even the model homes have pops of color!  Usually it is all in the accessories though, not the walls!  That way, you can pack it all up and take it with you anyway.  Great post!

Jan 09, 2018 07:04 PM #26
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Nice post!   There's a balance between timing and cost.   Paint and accessorize boldly, but when spending money on big ticket items, think about your exit timeline and what it would cost to neutralize  decor to appeal to the most buyers.

Jan 10, 2018 09:07 AM #27
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