Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk: September 2010

Um, It's About That Wallpaper!

 have shown perfect homes with dated wallpaper.  It is a deal killer.  Buyers don't know how much will it cost or how long will it take to take it down, so they just want to move on to the next house. 

Patricia Kennedy from the D.C. area makes a great point with this. 

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When my parents bought their move-up house, my mother carefully chose lovely wallpaper that my father expertly hung on walls throughout the house.  Then, a few decades later when it was time to downsize, the mean Realtor daughter (um, moi!) made them strip the stuff off.  All of it!

And now, years later, Mother still brings it up once in a while, perhaps to demonstrate my lack of tack and sensitivity. 

OK, Mom!  Chill!  It got you a bunch more money for the old house!

Wallpaper is highly personal.  Your love for the pattern in your dining room, the one with the carnivorous flowers, may not be shared with another person on the planet. 

And even if it a decorator's dream, it's likely to be completely passe in a few years. 

Yesterday, I saw many homes, some of them very expensive, that had been wallpapered to death.  Some of it was my taste, but I wouldn't put my house on the market with it on the walls.  A lot of it could have served on the set of "That 70's Show".  And some of it had started to peel off. 

Ick! 

So if you are planning to put your home on the market, and if your agent brings up your wallpaper with a strong suggestion that it come down, just do it!

As people come through a house with wallpaper, they make some assumptions about how much it will cost to take it down and prep the walls for painting.  And their estimate is probably a whole lot more than it will cost you to have it done ahead of time.

But!  But!  We are in Washington, DC - a world capitol that attracts people with discriminating tastes, you say.  You're right, and they will discriminate against your house and go for the one that's been painted with Benjamin Moore's classic beige!

And if you think they'll be able to look beyond your choice, they won't!

If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC metro area, call me.  I can help!

Comment balloon 4 commentsTere Rottink • September 08 2010 11:06PM
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