While the resale market has held fairly steady in the Edmonton market, people are still looking for homes with a modern sensibility, even if the home itself isn’t brand new. This is good news for people selling their used homes, since they can attract people who want a modern home by making the interior more contemporary. There are features, however, that make your home look instantly, so it’s important that you avoid the following looks, since they can actually slow down the sale of your home.

There are plenty of ways in which you can modernize your home, and not all of them require a significant financial investment. Here are just a few instant giveaways for an outdated home, and how you can affordably make them more modern.

1. Brass Fixtures

A hit in the nineties, brass fixtures aren’t in line with the chrome and black colours people use for their fixtures. Since fixtures can be an instant indicator that the home’s plumbing hasn’t been updated, it’s important that your fixtures look and feel new. That will make the home appear to be more modern in its stylings and its infrastructure, which is an important element that people consider when looking at resales and older properties.

edmonton real estate2. Old Painting Schemes And Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a bad idea to include in almost any home unless it’s quite new or particularly stylish. In most instances, wallpaper is seen as too specific and personal, which can turn off buyers who want to envision themselves in a home. It can also look suspicious, as if it’s covering up issues in the walls. Either way, you should swap out wallpaper for freshly-painted walls.

In terms of paint, modern homes have many different looks but they all have one thing in common: the colours look new. Repaint any room with faded colours, peeling paint, or any signs of scratches or paint rubbing off. This applies to the interior and exterior of your home. Painting is really quick and easy to do yourself, just be sure to avoid bold colours. Opt instead for tasteful neutral colours and “safe” colour schemes.

3. Well-Worn Surfaces

Countertops, Cabinetry, and sinks all get a very thorough inspection by the modern buyer, who want brand new versions of all of these things. While completely redoing your cabinetry can be expensive, painting them in a tasteful, contemporary styling is actually quite inexpensive. Brand-new countertops can do with a nice-looking laminate or granite counters, depending on your budget, but worn surfaces will send buyers away.

4. Popcorn Ceilings

All the rage in the nineties, popcorn ceilings are that ceiling style that kind of looks like stucco. It’s a great look for older homes since it can cover up imperfections and hide marks, but it’s hardly stylish anymore. New homes prefer sleek ceilings for a couple of reasons. They’re easier to paint and style and they’re more durable. No one wants to finds bits of stucco on their floor, so consider redoing any popcorn ceilings and making them a little more modern.


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Listing information last updated on May 27th, 2022 at 10:18am CDT.