Wallpaper Removal Really Does Make a Difference

Home Stager with Judy Heinrich Home Staging

You've no doubt heard it before, but it always bears repeating... Remove wallpaper prior to putting your house on the market.  I recently did a Walk & Talk Consultation for some sellers who had their house on the market for a very long time, 175 days. Overall, their house was in pretty good shape.  They had decluttered and maintained it well.  I suggested a few additional decor items, repositioned some furniture, etc.  Unfortunately, their previous agent told them it was okay to leave up the wallpaper that was in the diining room and entry (sorry no before photo of that space).  Why would an agent say that in this market?  During my consultation, I insisted it would be worth their effort to have the paper removed.  After their listing expired, they re-listed with one of my favorite agents, Robin Hurst of The Hurst Team at Keller Williams.   The result is fantastic and the house went under contract after only 6 days on the market.  Proof that condition and proper pricing usually brings a sale!

Dining Room after wallpaper removal


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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

So true.  Even though wallpaper is now making a comeback, it still looks dated and doesn't appeal to everyone.  This room shows 100% better despite no changes to the light fixture or window treatment.


Mar 02, 2009 06:13 AM #1
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I did not even notice the crown molding and gorgeous wood floor in the before photo.  What an incredible transformation!  Great post!! 

Mar 02, 2009 07:36 AM #2
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Judy,  So glad the sellers listened to you and removed the wallpaper!  The dining room looks great!  I just met a Keller Williams Seattle area agent last week named Pam Hurst.  I wonder if there is any relation to the realtors you are working with on this listing.  Wouldn't that be an interesting conincidence?

Mar 02, 2009 07:38 AM #3
Susan Cunningham
NE Atlanta Home Staging - Suwanee, GA
R.E.VISION - Suwanee, GA

Definitely from ew-w-w-w-w to ah-h-h-h-h!

Judy it looks great! That's about all it takes sometimes. So glad your clients listened to your direction.



Mar 02, 2009 07:58 AM #4
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, TX
Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!

Thanks for your timely post! Just today I visited a new vacant staging where the owners had done a wonderful job updating all aspects of the home...until the main bathroom which still had tiny floral grandma-ish wallpaper. I'm so pleased that they were receptive to changing it. Thanks for the before and after pictures to support that concept!

Mar 02, 2009 10:30 AM #5
Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Judy, this was like night and day!  I feel keeping wallpaper around, is like asking, can I borrow your bathing suit!  Too personal to have!  Get rid of wallpaper!  Let's start a movement to ban it!  wink*

Mar 02, 2009 10:40 PM #6
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Fantastic transformation!  The first photo I think actually made my eyes hurt!!  The second photo was warm and relaxing!

Mar 03, 2009 08:26 AM #7
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

oh, and the difference it made in the furniture was pretty amazing as well.... hardly seems like it could be the same set, and yet....

Mar 03, 2009 08:26 AM #8
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Sandi - I've seen some nice wallpaper coming back, but it sure doesn't look like this stuff!

Cathy - You're eyes must have been spinning from all that pattern!

Diana - I'll have to ask Robin if she has a relative in Seattle.

Susan - Really nothing else was done in that room and look at what a difference it made!


Mar 03, 2009 09:30 AM #9
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Leslie - So glad to hear they will take out the paper.  I don't think there's too many buyers out there with Grandma wallpaper on their wish list!

Marci - Now that's an analogy I haven't heard :) Sign me up on the ban!

Melissa - Thanks! Getting rid of that distraction cures all sorts of ills :)

Mar 03, 2009 09:34 AM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great before and after photos. I have a listing that has wallpaper in the LR and DR, but the owners will not remove it.  They did however, have the wallpaper removed in the kitchen....and WOW did it make a difference. 

Mar 10, 2009 01:55 AM #11
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Wow - great pictures, what a huge difference and a great way to modernize and clean up a space.

Mar 10, 2009 02:09 AM #12

Wow ... Judy, those are FANTASTIC photo's that say 1000 words!

Mar 10, 2009 07:44 AM #13
Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

this is an excellent before/after transformation.  I would like to share this some time!

Mar 10, 2009 03:58 PM #14
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Rebecca - Interesting that they removed it in the kitchen and could see a dramatic difference but not do the rest.

Kevin & Monica - "modernize and clean up a space" exactly!

Karen - Feel free to share anytime... the more paper removed the better!

Mar 15, 2009 03:31 AM #15
Kevin Heinrich
Heinrich Group - Clear Lake City, TX


Great Post the house looks wonderful. It is amazing what a little work can do to make a house look perfect and sell faster! By the way I love your Name! I'm sure there is a relative in the some where. Keep up the great posts!

Mar 27, 2009 11:34 AM #16
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