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    • Seagull27
    • By Seagull27 7th Mar 18, 2:56 PM
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    Does a house HAVE to be decorated before selling?
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    • 7th Mar 18, 2:56 PM
    Does a house HAVE to be decorated before selling? 7th Mar 18 at 2:56 PM
    Hi all

    I'm just curious really... I know it makes a lot of sense to decorate before selling, so that it is more attractive to viewers, etc. But what state of decoration does it HAVE to be in when sold? And are there any other things which must be done?

    I'm still in the first house I ever bought, so the selling side of things is all new to me...

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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 7th Mar 18, 6:44 PM
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    Anyone remember the poster who complained about the dents in the carpet caused by previous furniture when they moved in?

    OP, it is in fact the law that you need to get professional decorators in and then have the house inspected and vetted to ensure said decoration is up to modern standards and styles. Flock wallpaper, and chandeliers in any room with less than 12ft tall ceilings, are now punishable offences.
    Originally posted by AnotherJoe
    As is failing to deploy anti-gravity pads under all furniture to prevent the heinous indentations its feet cause. Disgraceful!
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    • Plus
    • By Plus 8th Mar 18, 1:02 AM
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    No, but think about who your target market might be. For instance a BTL landlord who wants to move in a tenant ASAP, or a retiree who doesn't want to worry about getting decorators in. Those people might consider a freshly decorated place a bonus. Others might consider it a waste because they're going to change the colour/rewire and replaster/knock walls down/whatever, so it doesn't matter to them.
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 8th Mar 18, 7:21 AM
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    I am much more interested in the state of repair than the decoration because we will almost certainly want to decorate to our taste. As long as it is reasonably clean I wouldn't worry.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 8th Mar 18, 8:23 AM
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    Ours is currently on the market because we are having to move sooner than we thought we would be.

    Because of this, we haven't got round to fitting cupboard doors to the newly refurbished kitchen or even getting carpet down upstairs but most viewers have said not to bother as they can choose themselves.
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 8th Mar 18, 8:42 AM
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    No, I wouldn't redecorate unless you have glaringly garish colours everywhere. Just de clutter, tidy and clean it. Most people will want to redecorate themselves anyway.
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    • fromtheshires
    • By fromtheshires 8th Mar 18, 9:58 AM
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    When I recently sold, I painted the walls all magnolia and replaced the carpets 6 months before to a neurtal hard wearing carpet.

    That way it was a blank canvas as some people cannot see through your own styles. It also let it have that lived in not perfect look as well which meant that people were not suspicious. It didnt cost a lot either. £500 for the whole house to be carpeted apart from the living room and kitchen and a couple of tins of magnolia.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 8th Mar 18, 10:44 AM
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    if everything is currently neutral and in good order so any preparation for redecoration is minimal then the odd scuff/fade from furniture and pictures will not be an issue for someone that has done a bit of decorating before.
    • Tootling
    • By Tootling 8th Mar 18, 11:17 AM
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    Haha... We went through the same quandry. But we did have to do a bit of decoration cos just before we decided to move we'd been daubing different coloured paint on the wall because we were considering redecorating. So painted over that with the old colour. Did paint hallway white though as we'd already started painting the downstairs walls. Which did brighten up the entrance a lot. And put in some white lights rather than the dull yellow.

    I think it's fair to spruce your home up a little, maybe throw out the dead pot plant, hang a mirror up maybe if you want to make a room feel a bit bigger or brighter.

    But i don't think you really need to repaint, unless all your paint is chipping of the walls which from the sound of it, it isn't.

    I think it's a pride thing. Your selling off your home, you want people to like it not just cos you're selling it but cos... It is your home.
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