Wallpaper: To Remove Or Not To Remove

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Home Stager with Design To Market LLC

As professional stagers we are often asked by homesellers to assist in deciding the advisibility of removing wallpaper.  It is not inexpensive to remove wallpaper.  However, if the goal of homestaging is to assist in making a listing appeal to the broadest number of prospective buyers then how can we skip this critical step?

Take a look at the following projects staged by Design To Market and see what you think. 

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Design To Market has been staging homes throughout Greater Cincinnati since 2004.  For more information about this project and our  other Cincinnati home staging services please call us at 513-265-0952 or visit our website at www.designtomarketllc.com .

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Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Ahhh...that is soooo much better!

~michelle

Jun 08, 2008 01:16 PM #1
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Thanks Michelle. 

One thing I forgot to mention...never never paint over wallpaper!  Remove it!  (A skim coat can work when faced with no other alternative.)

Jun 08, 2008 01:28 PM #2
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Michelle Molinari
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You are very welcome.

I have people ask all the time if they can paint over wallpaper. It can bubble, you'll still see the seams, and when you find out how crummy it looks, you just made the stripping job harder by sealing the wallpaper with paint so the wallpaper adhesive remover can't penetrate to help you out.

Everyone hates to take down wallpaper, but it is a necessary evil. And when putting wallpaper up, for cryin out loud...size the wall so the next guy doesn't have such a terrible time! I sell plenty of wallpaper, but hardly ever does anyone buy a can of sizer/primer.

Lower your karmic debt....SIZE BEFORE WALLPAPERING!

~michelle

  

Jun 08, 2008 01:36 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Jo: 500%, no 1000% better without the wallpaper. Removing wallpaper is not cheap, but it is a lot less expensive than the average monthly carrying costs on a house that does not sell. Another great post, Jo. Thanks for showing us the difference removing wallpaper can make.

Jun 08, 2008 04:28 PM #4
Rainer
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Shobha Vyavahare
stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina - Greenville, SC

It looks so much better, I am not a big fan of wallpaper at all, so I say " It's gotta go " thanks for the great before and after pictures, makes so much difference.

Shobha

Jun 09, 2008 12:50 AM #5
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

While I agree that removing wallpaper is not much fun, most homeowners can do it themselves.  Well worth the effort.  Your photos prove it.

Jun 09, 2008 03:08 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Jo,

Definitely looks better without the wallpaper. You now have made the home more desirable for a broader range of potential buyers.  Great job! I am taking on a similar project this week, that I will be sharing with the stagers on AR soon. This one has wallpaper on every inch of every wall in the house,including the ceilings, so it should be interesting!

Jun 10, 2008 03:56 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Michelle,

Good luck with the project!  I am sure you will make a huge impact!

Jun 10, 2008 11:35 PM #8
Rainer
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Earleene Woods
Keller Williams Experience Realty - Murray, KY
ASP, CRS, GRI

Great before and after!!  It is great when the seller takes your ideas to heart and follows thru.  What are reward when they do!!

Jun 16, 2008 01:24 AM #9
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Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
Allied ASID & NKBA

Ahhhhhh sooo much better! Never was a fan of wallpaper in the first place. Ha ha!

Jun 16, 2008 03:27 AM #10
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Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Great job Jo!  Removing that wallpaper made the world of difference! It changed the entire fell of the home from 'frumpy and dumpy' feeling to 'lovely and elegant'! Nice job showing the changes!  Regards-Kathleen G

Jun 16, 2008 04:01 AM #11
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Jo, you did an excellent job!  I hate wallpaper!  I think it should be banned! 

ssshhh dont tell anyone but i still have it in my powder room!  lol- I keep saying I need to redo that bathroom!  one day- soon!

Jun 16, 2008 04:23 AM #12
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Nancy Cleary
www.nancycleary.com - walnut creek - california - Walnut Creek, CA

Jo, your pictures speak 1,000 words.  Good advice, great job!

Jun 16, 2008 05:06 AM #13
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Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

What a difference you made with these rooms. I love the paint color choices.

Jun 16, 2008 01:56 PM #14
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Jo,

Down with wallpaper! Up with the paint! Great staging example. Thanks for your post.

Peace,

Jun 16, 2008 04:06 PM #15
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Jo,

Practically nothing freaks potential buyers out like wallpaper!

My advice for home owners is; unless you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you will be staying in that house with that wallpaper paper for at least 10 years, just say no.

Jun 16, 2008 06:12 PM #16
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

The great side benefit with the wallpaper removal on this project was that it really transformed the look of the custom window treatments.

Jun 16, 2008 11:09 PM #17
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