We have featured updates to your home and condo that add to the curb appeal, and now we would like to offer some design items that actually detract from a home’s curb appeal. In Miami Beach, the inventory has shrunk to the degree that very little actually detracts, since there are so few homes on the market, however if you are looking to make updates do not do any of the following. If you are looking to sell your Miami Beach home or condo contact us today!
1. Flooring. Wall to wall carpets have shown to be a detractor from home value. They are ok in bedrooms, however throughout the home they pose problems in cleaning. Hardwood floors are preferred.
2. Fixtures. If you are looking to replace fixtures, a general rule is anything but brass. Nickel is a popular option, brushed steel, and brushed bronze are en vogue currently and add to a homes value.
3. Lighting. Avoid vanity lights in the bathroom and florescent lights in the kitchen. The lighting in a home that is the most desirable is soft lighting and energy efficient bulbs.
4. Ceilings. Smooth ceilings are preferred as a rule in terms of safety, cleanliness, and ease of painting. Popcorn ceilings on the other hand are the least preferable, since if the home was built prior to 1980 it is likely that they contain asbestos, and they are difficult to clean and paint.