Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running

tech <p><a href= "http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NY7QfpSH7d0/SvroHfNOL_I/AAAAAAAAAGI/WO_xmWTVIG0/s1600-h/ugly-wallpaper.jpg"> <img style= "float:right;margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer;cursor:hand;width: 320px;height: 217px" src= "http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NY7QfpSH7d0/SvroHfNOL_I/AAAAAAAAAGI/WO_xmWTVIG0/s320/ugly-wallpaper.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <div>By Barbara Ballinger, <a href= "http://www.realtor.org/rmohome_and_design/architecturecoach">Architecture Coach columnist</a> and guest blogger</div> <div><span class="Apple-style-span" style= "font-size: x-small"><a href= "http://www.realtor.org/rmohome/toc/tocprint"><b>SOURCE: REALTOR MAGAZINE</b></a></span></div> <div>Design glitches draw attention away from a home's best features. <b>Don't let out-of-date fixtures and unappealing decor cost you a sale.</b> While some buyers may actually appreciate "vintage" features, home and design experts say these 20 features almost always serve as a turnoff.</div> <div><b>1. Dated and excessively bold or dark paint and tile colors, such as "Pepto Bismol" pink, avocado green, deep plum, or jet black.</b> "Dark can be cool, but it has to be a color that's popular today," says sales associate Jennifer Ames, crs®, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago.</div> <div><b>2. Lacquered or high-gloss painted walls that are expensive to repaint and show all defects.</b> Likewise, faux- and sponge-painted walls can be so passe.</div> <div><b>3. Painted trim that's very dark-and costly to remove.</b></div> <div><b>4. Wallpaper, which is a lot of work (and potentially expensive) to remove.</b> Most disliked: Dated flowered or striped patterns.</div> <div><b>5. Kitchens that lack any dining space.</b> Also, outdated, small-scale, and dirty kitchen appliances that look like they won't perform.</div> <div><b>6. Worn, cracked laminate countertops, and backsplashes or plastic cultured marble.</b></div> <div><b>7. Outdated bathrooms with small sinks, short toilets, squatty bathtubs, and tight showers</b>-all of which aren't conducive to unwinding after a long day's work, says Ames.</div> <div><b>8. Lack of ample closet space in bedrooms, or no closet at all and no place to build one or add an armoire.</b></div> <div><b>9. Dens, libraries, and family rooms without built-in bookcases or a space to include shelves.</b></div> <div><b>10. Stained and worn wall-to-wall carpet in rooms or on stairs.</b> Worst choice: shag. Also, worn linoleum that suggests a house was never updated.</div> <div><b>11. Poorly built additions that don't blend with a home's architecture</b>, such as a sunroom with tinted glass.</div> <div><b>12. Shortage of windows or very small windows,</b> which makes a home feels dark and gloomy.</div> <div><b>13. Ceilings with so many recessed lighting spots that they resemble Swiss cheese and are expensive to remove.</b> Worst offenders: big 6-inch diameter lights.</div> <div><b>14. Too many rooms outside the kitchen and bathroom that have cold ceramic tiled floors.</b></div> <div><b>15. Children's bedrooms with a theme that runs through the carpeting, wallpaper, murals, ceilings, light fixtures, curtains, and furnishings.</b></div> <div><b>16. Homes without a foyer or garage.</b></div> <div><b>17. Too many mirrored walls, ceilings, doors, and backsplashes in a single room.</b> The effect is dizzying, Ames says. One mirror magnifies, but many cheapen the look.</div> <div><b>18. Skimpy molding and trim,</b> such as 1-inch baseboards.</div> <div><b>19. Noisy, grinding fan in a bathroom that's attached to a light switch so it can't be turned off.</b></div> <div><b>20. Inexpensive gold-colored light fixtures in any room</b>. Also, Hollywood-style lighting with huge bulbs in a bathroom is also out of date, design experts say.</div>