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If you are preparing to put your home on the market, there are a few trends that you should avoid when making repairs or updates:

1. Wallpaper: Wallpaper is back in style, but the fact is that your choice in wallpaper is a personal one. When selling your home, it’s better to stick to neutral colors and avoid busy patterns. Remember, you want people to picture their own choices in your home.

2. Intricate tile: As much as we love to personalize our space, we want to avoid choosing things that not everyone is going to be able to live with. If you want to personalize your space, do that with things you can take with you, like pillows, towels, and other accessories.

3. The white modern home: Do you need to paint everything? If this is the style of your home, it’s not necessary. Just make sure to bring in warmer textures and neutral palettes so that your white walls don’t make the home feel too clinical. Modern is great, but not everyone can picture themselves in that environment. Parents with small children may see nothing but a blank canvas for crayon murals.



Use accessories that you can take with you, like pillows, to personalize your space.



4. Too many metal finishes: With fixtures, it’s best to avoid trendy metals. While white gold and brass are trending now, remember that trends by definition change. Stick to the basics when possible: stainless steel and brushed nickel. They are standards that will appeal to the widest group of potential buyers.

5. Don’t cheap out on appliances: While many say stainless steel is on its way out, but in 2017, 72% of all kitchen remodels used stainless steel appliances. You really can’t go wrong with stainless steel appliances.

6. Statement doors: Painting your door teal or yellow is fine, but statement doors can be a problem when they are too outlandish. Red and black are the most popular, but avoid front doors that are too outlandish and might keep potential buyers from imagining themselves in your space.

7. Accessory dwelling units: “ADUs” are the buzzword here in Portland, but keep in mind that this is a $150,000 to $200,000 (or more!) investment in your property. Recuperating that investment is a long-term project. If you’re planning to sell in the next five to seven years, an ADU may not be right for you.

If you have any questions about these seven trends to avoid or want to talk about buying or selling in the Portland area, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!