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Top 10 Worst Home Features of the Past

Published on Friday - September 06, 2013

As sure as the summer will transition into fall, home features will assuredly fade in and out of favor with prospective buyers. Accordingly, each decade is responsible for introducing homeowners to particularly “dated” home features. The extensive wood paneling and gold plated appliances that saturated the 70s have defied all likelihood and remained in tact. Against all odds, the 80s overuse of glass blocks and country-style decor continues to reign. For one reason or another, homeowners continue to encourage their existence. But how do these artifacts affect the value of a home? More importantly, which specific features should potential sellers look to renovate?

Nostalgic remnants of decades past may convey the tastes of a previous homeowner. However, those looking to purchase a property may not harbor the same sentiments. Features that were once in-demand may now serve to reduce the price of a subject home. Some fixtures may even serve to repel potential buyers. To put it bluntly, these home design faux pas should be replaced with neutral fixtures that appeal to a wider range of people.

MSN Real Estate recently asked agents, interior designers and remodelers from around the country to express their least favorite features. As a result, MSN has compiled a list of the top 10 worst features and finishes in the real estate world. Accordingly, it is ill advised to try selling a house with the following additions:

  • Shag Carpeting
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Colorful Sinks and Toilets
  • Metallic Wallpaper
  • Carpeted Bathrooms
  • Wood Paneling
  • Hollywood-Style Bath Lighting
  • Faux Finishes
  • Sliding-Plastic Shower Doors
  • Overuse of Mirrors

Prospective house hunters are confronted with these features on a regular basis. Of course, there is a chance these character traits are just what the buyer is looking for. However, their tastes cater to a niche market. The majority of buyers prefer a more neutral alternative. Sellers are better off remodeling dated features to accommodate the needs of a broader population. Take the time to remove any potential roadblocks from your home and you will likely facilitate the timely and profitable transaction of your home.

Conversely, owners that boast unique, in-demand features may become the beneficiary of an offer that exceeds their expectations. As a seller, it is up to you to take advantage of these home features and their propensity for additional value.

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