Why your real estate style could make or break your sale.
By Lisa Nederlander
Sponsored by Max Broock
You’ve worked for years to get your house looking just the way you want it — and it’s perfect for you. But, what happens when it’s time to sell? A house that’s too reflective of an owner’s personal style can actually be a problem, even if the resolution is just changing paint colors on the walls. People need to be able to “try on” a home (like a dress or blouse and trouser combo) when they walk through it— rather than having to imagine how the house will look once changes are made. Here’s a real estate style guide to consider:
Don’t Be ‘Dated:’ In today’s market, homes are selling much more quickly and easily if they’re updated. Everyone likes the latest fashions. Most buyers are not looking for fixer-uppers. They want the move to be easy. While a 1970’s look can be an interesting time capsule, it can also appear intimidating to a buyer. Even if the house has good bones and everything’s in great working order, when things look dated, that may make the home appear to require more work than it actually needs.
Architectural Styles: Architectural styles can also limit your buyer pool. Some buyers only look for ranches or ground floor masters, while others may want traditional or contemporary. Regardless of style, as mentioned above, you always want your home to feel fresh and new. According to Money magazine, a craftsman-style home (which typically has a low-pitched roof, front porch and tapered pillars) is America’s favorite style and is especially popular with millennials. Ranches are also among the most popular; least-favorite styles include Georgian, Mid-century and Greek Revival.
Center Hall Colonial: Many people tend to be comfortable with a center hall colonial, and there are plenty on the market. However, subtle differences will make yours stand out. Up-to-the-minute design elements always give a seller an edge, as does cleanliness. The most beautiful and tidiest homes can command the highest prices — and will likely sell fastest, too.
Additions: Additions can be tricky if they don’t blend with the home. When someone is touring a house and a strange room suddenly appears, it can be a feng shui nightmare. While it can be wonderful to mix different architectural styles, they need to flow and fit proportionally. Want a great room added to your 1954 Cape Cod? Ok but remember — it’s part of the house, not a stand-alone object. Like an outfit, a good addition must coordinate with the overall look.
What to Avoid: These items are fun and can certainly add flair, but they may be worth avoiding if you’re thinking about selling your home anytime soon: kitchy wallpaper, wildly-patterned tiles, unusual paint colors on doors or walls, and too much brass or copper.
Lisa Nederlander is an Associate Broker with Max Broock Realtors. For more useful selling tips on how your home is positioned in the marketplace, contact her at 248-917-2036 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her website at lisanederlander.com.