I was just watching Trading Up (English fix this house for selling type show) and thought that since I am selling and buying in the very near future I'd conduct a little survey here that might help me with both ventures.
You see the show took a house that had some wild colours and neutralized. The issue for me was that in virtually every room there was wall paper as well as border mid way down the walls. When they painted, they primed and then applied a few coats of paint and the paper seams were obvious and to me that just made the house one I would never consider buying (given how impossible it is to get wallpaper off once it's painted). For me, it took it from just needing stripping and painting, to no way to fix this without it being a total nightmare.
So, what would be a deal breaker for you when it comes to the house itself (vs location which can't be controlled by a homeowner really)?
- walls being removed so it looks like a one room cabin (sorry, I really don't do open concept, it makes me nuts to live in although I know others like it)
- painted wall paper
- a violent past/death in house
- less than 900 sq ft