Why did you do that?!
Every day, real estate agents come upon cringe-worthy things homeowners have done to their homes. Leopard-print fabric wallpaper in the bedroom – yep. DIY electrical repairs – shockingly true. Sure, it’s your castle, and you can decorate or DIY to your heart’s content, as well as skip certain projects you just don’t think are important. But there are some smart reasons why real estate agents wouldn’t do the following things to their own homes.
Ignoring kerb appeal
You worked for months on the interior of your home, and now that it’s Instagram-worthy, you’re too tired and uninspired to care about the shabby lawn and cracked walkway. Shake off the sawdust and swap out your tool belt for some gardening tools. “It pays to hire a professional to get some advice to ‘stage’ your yard, too,” says real estate broker Kelly Parks. “A bonus is that while you live there, you will also love it.”
Painting in pastels
Baby blue and millennial candy pink are lovely and soothing, but they don’t translate well on the face of the home. “Kerb appeal is very important, whether your home is on the market or not,” says real estate agent Leneiva Head. “You always want your home to feel welcoming.” And don’t forget the front door. It’s part of the all-important first impression.