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    • Bengal
    • By Bengal 11th Sep 18, 2:27 PM
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    Bengal
    Are houses being dressed professionally?
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    • 11th Sep 18, 2:27 PM
    Are houses being dressed professionally? 11th Sep 18 at 2:27 PM
    I've been viewing lots of houses on rightmove lately - at the lower end of the market - and so many seem to have been dressed in a certain way. Not so much the strategically-placed colour-coordinated bed covering or vase that balances the curtains (though there is that), but I'm constantly seeing signs and stencils on walls - L-O-V-E - and short pithy platitudes about home and heart and so on. Is this a design trend that I've missed, or are estate agents/specialists putting these up in sellers' houses to make them more attractive?
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    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 15th Sep 18, 3:13 PM
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    I have noticed that the sort of people who live in homes at the lower end of the market..
    Originally posted by PersianCatLady

    Here on the south coast there is no lower end! In our road of a mix of social and ex-council terraces (£250K+) there are artists, archaeologists, teachers, social workers, etc. none of whom to my knowledge have such tat.
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 21st Nov 18, 9:11 AM
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    I'm definitely going to go and buy wallpaper now.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 21st Nov 18, 10:37 AM
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    I'm definitely going to go and buy wallpaper now.
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    Yes, instead of spending tens of thousands on a conventional extension, we simply installed 3D eye-deceiving holographic wallpaper.

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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 21st Nov 18, 10:45 AM
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    House dressing is nothing new.

    20 years ago there was a popular programme called "The House Doctor". People who couldn't sell their houses got her to tart them up, usually with lots of paint, new cushions etc plus decluttering. They then seemed to sell very quickly
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 21st Nov 18, 12:13 PM
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    I'm definitely going to go and buy wallpaper now.
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    Better still, go and buy wallpaper company shares.
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    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 22nd Nov 18, 12:44 PM
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    House dressing is nothing new.

    20 years ago there was a popular programme called "The House Doctor". People who couldn't sell their houses got her to tart them up, usually with lots of paint, new cushions etc plus decluttering. They then seemed to sell very quickly
    Originally posted by Murphybear

    Yes, because there was another program, not on TV though, it was called "The Cheaper Credit Doctor".
    • iamtati
    • By iamtati 24th Nov 18, 11:40 AM
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    That's a popular trend now for few years already. Home sweet home, LOVE, Live Love Laugh etc.
    You will also get used to it
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 25th Nov 18, 10:22 PM
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    House dressing is nothing new.

    20 years ago there was a popular programme called "The House Doctor". People who couldn't sell their houses got her to tart them up, usually with lots of paint, new cushions etc plus decluttering. They then seemed to sell very quickly
    Originally posted by Murphybear

    A recent spin off was.. "House Doctor - Top 10 things that you need to fix to sell your house"


    Fix the price and everything else will follow naturally, just like eating the right amount of fibre every day
    I believe this show now goes out in the early hours of the morning? Wonder who still watches it?
    • resk
    • By resk 26th Nov 18, 8:19 AM
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    I am in the age range that these decorations are supposed to appeal to but I can't stand them either. I don't know if this is an Aberdeen thing but a lot of properties for sale have guitars in the photographs. I bet the vendors couldn't strum out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star if their lives depended on it.
    Originally posted by Pixie5740
    Yep, seems to be the thing in Aberdeen right now - I suppose sellers are trying anything. The View nailed it a few years back (although Broughty Ferry is a bit further down the coast):

    Superstar tradesman, stand at the bar
    Get a trade son you will go far
    You have a house in the Ferry and a new guitar
    That's never been played before and it never will
    Never been played before and it never will
    • desdemona01
    • By desdemona01 26th Nov 18, 8:22 AM
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    Yes, 'soak' above the bath, 'relax' above the sofa and 'eat' above the dining table. Makes you wonder what the people who buy these things hang above the loo.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    I often wonder if people with this sort of feature need theses notices so they know what they ought to be doing in that particular room!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 26th Nov 18, 9:00 AM
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    I often wonder if people with this sort of feature need theses notices so they know what they ought to be doing in that particular room!
    Originally posted by desdemona01
    People who decorate in that way are just following a trend in the same way as many of us did as teenagers, before growing out of it.

    If one doesn't have many original thoughts on decoration, or a good budget, these bits of trivia fill a perceived need. The fact that they may be seen in many places proves they're popular, and popular means they can't possibly be 'wrong,' can they?
    Last edited by Davesnave; 26-11-2018 at 9:16 AM.
    'I've suffered for my music, now it's your turn.' Neil Innes, introducing 'Protest Song.'
    • in my wellies
    • By in my wellies 26th Nov 18, 10:59 PM
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    in my wellies
    I had my house valued. The estate agent gave me a 'home dresser' card. She will come and do anything from a 'free consultation giving ideas' right up to 'you move out for a week and come back to find the house transformed and ready to sell'.

    My neighbours actually used her for this. They'd had the house on the market for 8 months at top price, however, it was rather a lived in family home (very nice really). They went on holiday, furniture put in storage, team came in to freshen up/decorate, some new carpets, some hired furniture - you get the idea....
    The house was remarketed and sold in ten days for £7000 more than it had been on the market for at the start. I've no idea how much the home dresser charged
    Last edited by in my wellies; 22-01-2019 at 9:20 AM.
    Love living in a village in the country side
    Still enjoying my retirement
    • catshark88
    • By catshark88 27th Nov 18, 5:00 PM
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    For the authentic 80s effect it's essential your avocado toilet is in a carpeted bathroom with a matching bidet alongside it
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    I grew up with this in the 70s. Yay, my parents were at the head of a (hideous) trend!
    "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 29th Nov 18, 5:21 PM
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    Yep, seems to be the thing in Aberdeen right now - I suppose sellers are trying anything. The View nailed it a few years back (although Broughty Ferry is a bit further down the coast):

    Superstar tradesman, stand at the bar
    Get a trade son you will go far
    You have a house in the Ferry and a new guitar
    That's never been played before and it never will
    Never been played before and it never will
    Originally posted by resk

    Strange lyric, not really up there with "Born To Run" somehow.
    • patchwork cat
    • By patchwork cat 18th Dec 18, 1:29 PM
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    I have been looking lately and noticed that 3 houses locally have sold quickly for excellent prices and when I go to look at the pictures, they look dressed, but what is odd is there is no soap at any of the sinks and no toilet paper! I do worry about their hygiene! So yes I would say some are being dressed. None have short pithy sayings, but if you are browsing pictures just have a look how many don't seem to sh*t! Or maybe it is just local to me that has a constipation issue.
    Last edited by patchwork cat; 18-12-2018 at 1:32 PM.

    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 18th Dec 18, 8:15 PM
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    Crashy Time
    I have been looking lately and noticed that 3 houses locally have sold quickly for excellent prices and when I go to look at the pictures, they look dressed, but what is odd is there is no soap at any of the sinks and no toilet paper! I do worry about their hygiene! So yes I would say some are being dressed. None have short pithy sayings, but if you are browsing pictures just have a look how many don't seem to sh*t! Or maybe it is just local to me that has a constipation issue.
    Originally posted by patchwork cat

    Do you have links to the sold houses?
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