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SOLVED: 4 Interior Factors Negatively Affecting Your Home's Valuation

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Some interior design trends are short-lived, while others stick like glue - adapting and transforming in style as time goes on, but all the while remaining a part of the contemporary design sphere.

For the trend-chasers among us, though, it’s worth knowing that some of these home design trends could actually be having a negative impact on your property’s resale value.

On top of this, day-to-day upkeep which may feel like a chore in theory will not only help to keep your home looking smart and beautiful in the long term, but also have a direct positive impact on the likelihood of securing interest in your home when the time comes to sell.

That’s why, in today’s post, our friends at Vapester are discussing some of the interior factors with the potential to devalue the worth of a home.

From outdated designs to improper care, we’re taking a look at a whole range of interior factors which could be doing more harm than good...

Bright Colour Schemes 

Garish colours are an instant turn-off for potential buyers - so keeping colours and design fairly neutral when selling your home is the key when it comes to making it more attractive to buyers.

This will not only make it easier for potential buyers to imagine what they could do with the space to make it their own, but will also effectively show off the space - making rooms look bigger and brighter.

Coloured kitchen units with ornate handles are a trend that’s very marmite, and expensive to change - which could put off potential buyers if these features aren’t in line with their design ideas.

Kitchen cupboards have a great influence over how your kitchen looks and feels, so keeping them appealing to many is essential when selling your home. Choose colour palettes with caution to avoid extra costs for you or the buyer in the long term if you’re on the route to sale.

Neutral colour palettes will also make it easier for buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately - if more things appear to be ‘done’ before moving in, it could make all the difference in helping your home stand out from the other options available on the market at the time.

Neglected Maintenance

Everything from missing grout in your bathroom or kitchen to mould issues on your property can impact your home’s valuation in a variety of ways.

Mould can drastically alter the appearance of the interior of your home, leaving spotting marks on the walls, floors, ceilings and rafters. This could incite a potential buyer’s fear of harmful health effects - but as a seller, there are ways to monitor and prevent mould so that your home’s sale isn’t affected by spooked buyers or agents.

To rectify mould issues, consider spray foam insulation, which is a breathable product that’s proven to reduce condensation and moisture. This product is easy to install and will keep your interior looking spotless, so any new decorating work won’t be ruined by mould. 

Bad habits such as smoking in the house rather than outside could also have a negative effect on the resale of your home, creating a persistent aroma in the property and potentially having a long-term discolouration effect on wallpaper around the house.

Remember: if buyers have the impression there’s less to do when they move in, they’re more likely to consider making an offer.

With this in mind, keeping up with maintenance is worthwhile if you're selling up, as is giving real thought to lifestyle changes you could make that will keep your house (relatively) spotless without being overly disruptive to your day-to-day routine.

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Overpowering Patterned Flooring

Patterned bathroom tiles and carpets may be very on-trend at the moment, but the truth is that they’re costly to replace and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. So, if you’re considering selling your home, overpowering flooring is one to avoid.

Carpets in particular can sometimes produce a worn look in high-traffic areas, especially on stairs and hallways in which this may be more visible due to the pattern - which will negatively affect your home’s valuation.

Cheaper carpets such as printed cut pile tend to lack real quality, which makes the pattern wander - adding to an unkempt aesthetic overall. If prospective buyers believe there’s a lot to be done in your home in order to make it their own, this is likely to affect their generosity when placing an offer.

With this in mind, ensuring future decoration trends or ideas are not limited by taste is essential to selling your home.

Cluttered Space

Contrary to popular belief, decluttering doesn’t mean depersonalising - and putting anything excess into storage, or giving it to a friend during viewing times, is a great idea when it comes to helping potential buyers envisage what the property would look like if they were living there.

There’s no need to make your home look like a generic hotel, as personality will give unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do if they decide to buy your home. Many buyers are on the hunt for a lifestyle as much as a property, so showing them the attractive side of your lifestyle should be encouraged.

Consider moving any bulky furniture which makes the room feel small, and replacing with smaller furniture to make the room appear bigger.

Clearing all surface areas and keeping books and magazines out of sight can also add to this illusion of additional space, while moving items to a less visible location could provide a quicker solution to achieving a more spacious look - which could increase the value of your home.