Do you want to look good? Or be functional?

If you watch DIY network, HGTV, or any other home improvement channel or show you will see that it is a lot different than the “This Old House” show that used to be the only show on about repairing and updating older homes. 

Today people who are interested in selling or buying real estate have many choices of what to watch to get ideas of what they want.  Designers have many good ideas.  Some designs are just not functional for the average buyer.

When thinking about selling your home it is a good idea to update your home to more modern colors and furnishings than what you may have lived with for the past few years.  This does not necessarily mean that you should run out and redo your bathroom and kitchen.  If you do want to update, don’t just watch t.v. and think you need to do everything they do. 

For example, let’s just focus on the bathroom sink.

modern bathroom

Is your house a starter home? A larger home?  Who do you think will buy your home? A newly married couple? A retirement aged couple? A single person? A family with children?  Why ask those questions you ask?  It is just the bathroom sink.  Or is it? 

When buyers are looking at your house they are thinking about whether or not they can live in the house and make it their home.  If, you have an ultra-modern style and put in the latest type of bathroom sink – like the one pictured, it may not be the kind of sink a parent with small children would want due to issues with keeping it clean.  

While everything looks "cool" when clean, savvy buyers are not only thinking about if they can live in the house, they are thinking how easy is this house to keep up?  If you have a lot of surfaces that need constant “shining up”, need special cleaning products, or are just difficult to maintain a buyer could walk away.

So back to the original question do you want to look good or be functional.  With a little thought, research, and common sense you can be both functional and look good.ol when clean, savvy buyers are not only thinking about if they can live in the house, they are thinking how easy is this house to keep up?  If you have a lot of surfaces that need constant “shining up”, need special cleaning products, or are just difficult to maintain a buyer could walk away.

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