If you’ve ever wondered what went on behind closed doors in your city, a look through local real estate listings might give you the answer: unfortunate paint color choices, rooms with enough clutter to supply a yard sale every weekend, and an almost universal obsession with granite countertops. And those are just the homes on the market, which should at least be trying to make their best impression.
Our homes may be a reflection of ourselves, but this philosophy can backfire when you’re putting a property up for sale. “What a seller likes may be too personal for a buyer,” says Jennifer Kjellgren, broker and owner of Intown Expert, an Atlanta, GA, real estate firm. If you’re about to enter the market and are in doubt about how your home’s style will appeal to buyers, here are five home-decorating trends that real estate experts have identified as potential buyer turnoffs