Question: I am planning to sell my home in the Northern Virginia area. Should I remove the wallpaper and paint the walls with a neutral paint?
Answer: Hello Mr. Seller in Virginia, wallpaper is one of those polarizing things in my opinion.
Personally, I don’t believe it keeps a buyer from buying the home. I have sold homes with hideous wallpaper. However, every buyer I’ve shown a house with wallpaper in immediately calculates the cost of removal into a price reduction. Some people don’t even want to see the house if it doesn’t show well in online pictures. I think small spaces like bathroom or den it is not a big issue if it’s tasteful and go with the style of the home. Bold designs and colors lock a buyer into a certain décor or they have to change it. Removing wallpaper and prepping the walls is an expensive and time consuming.
If you are a home seller and have a resource to remove old style wallpaper go for it. Or have a stager help you stage the home with the existing wallpaper in your home. There are paints available now you can paint it over. Speak with your local Realtor to help you determine the best approach to your home selling.
Apart from wallpaper, other challenges decor in the home as a Realtor we see are: outdated fixture, paneling in the basement, old and mismatch furniture, dark paint color and clutter home can make the home less appealing to the home buyers.
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