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9 Dated Features Homebuyers Always Notice

Interior designers share the top out-of-date details prospective buyers will spot first in a home, no matter what.

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Whether you’re polishing up your home to sell or just want to enjoy some modern touches, dated decor can make a home seem stuck in the past.

“While some so-called ‘outdated’ items may be off-trend, if the current homeowner loves them, that’s what’s important,” says Jenny Williamson, chief creative officer at West Rose Design. While you don’t need to try every new decorating trend, "if you’re selling your home, it’s good to be aware of what will appear less than ideal for prospective homebuyers.”

Here are the dated features buyers always notice, according to our experts.

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Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Although carpet was once very much in favor (even in bathrooms!) in the 1970s, these days, Williamson says, if there is carpet anywhere other than bedrooms, “it’s a no-go.”

“Newer homes typically never have a carpet delineation in shared spaces or wall-to-wall carpet everywhere, as seen in the ’70s and ’80s,” she says. “Carpet more easily traps dirt and debris and is not viewed as ideal when looking for a new home.”

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Try Layering Rugs

But let’s say that replacing it isn’t within your current budget. In this case, Williamson recommends diverting focus by adding throw rugs over the carpet, creating a more layered look that will help separate spaces.

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Popcorn Ceilings

Williamson says that while popcorn ceilings were certainly “all the rage” in the 1960s and '70s, today, they look totally outdated.

“They will be a clear turnoff for any new homebuyer, not only based on looks alone, but also for the health hazard — most popcorn ceilings installed before 1978 were installed with asbestos, a fiber that can increase the risk of several serious diseases and cancer,” Williamson says.

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