In 2020 the majority of home buyers will be millennials, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you’re looking to sell your home this year, keep in mind that this group of buyers is a little different than previous generations. Virtually all millennials (98%) use the internet for their home search, and more than 80% of them found their home on a mobile device last year. So if your home is outdated, you may get overlooked.
We know that we need to declutter and spruce up our homes when we plan to downsize. But you may not be aware of some of the home trends that can turn off potential buyers. Here are 12 home trends that could make it harder to sell.
1. Wallpaper borders
Whether it runs along the top of the wall or along the center, wallpaper borders died at the turn of the millennium. If you still have one you may need to take it down or consider papering over it with some removable wallpaper.
2. Tuscan kitchens
This style was everywhere in the early 2000s, but today kitchens are being designed to look light and airy, with subway tiles used for the backsplash. If you’re unsure which direction to go, head for the light and keep it white.
3. Hollywood mirror lights
While this may work in the home of Gloria Swanson, not everyone feels ready for their close up first thing in the morning. Hollywood lights around the mirror have a glam 90s feel. Consider adding softer recessed lighting instead.
4. Glass block walls
Personally I don’t hate this look, but a lot of people do. Glass blocks were used to let light shine into a shower area without sacrificing privacy. Now, however, they may come off as dated and have a brutalist feel. Consider adding a skylight instead.
5. Popcorn ceiling/stucco
We can thank the 60s and 70s for this look. The popcorn ceiling and also the stucco ceiling are big home decor no-nos. If you can afford to remove it, that’s the best way forward. But it can be a lot of work. If you really must keep it, try to repaint it with a bright white paint.
6. Vertical blinds
Vertical blinds always makes me think of The Golden Girls. It’s a very late 80s Miami Beach look. You’d be better off with no blinds than having these up. So if you don’t want to spend money on window dressing, just take them down. “Thank you for being a friend.”
7. Ruffled valance
Ruffles in general are not good. They’re fussy and frilly and scream the 80s. Keep your bed linens chic, simple and white. Avoid a valance all together, unless you use the space under the bed for storage.
8. Floral everything
I happen to love floral, but it is a bold choice. Think of your home as a blank canvas that buyers are walking into. They need to imagine their furniture and their style projected onto it. Though a floral wall can be a cool accent, it’s best to let the buyers decide. Steam off the paper and repaint it white.
9. Lace tablecloths
Lace tablecloths can bring on some serious Miss Havisham vibes. Avoid using tablecloths of any kind. A clean, bare table is a much better option. No doilies either. You’ve been warned.
10. Nautical themes
Anchors, starfish, shells — all of these items are fine on a beach or in a beach house, but they do not belong in your living room. While we’re at it, no wicker furniture either. Keep everything as neutral as possible. If this means removing the cushion covers, that’s fine. Better to have an empty sofa than one that looks like the Little Mermaid designed it.
11. Pine furniture
Pine furniture was a staple in the 90s. From dressers to desks to kitchen tables, it was everywhere. But too much pine furniture looks dated today. The occasional pine accent is okay, just try to pare it down.
It’s all a matter of taste. Some pastels are very in — just think of millennial pink and its meteoric rise to prominence. However, you can never predict what a buyer will like. Pastels in general feel very 90s. Everyone had a yellow kitchen and a light blue bedroom, but times they are a-changin’. I know I sound like a broken record, but just go for white as no one will be offended by that.