Would you consider buying a home that has wallpaper in some rooms?

Asked by James McCarthy, Lahaska, PA Thu Oct 25, 2012

Many new home builders are decorating with wallpaper once again. Often it is difficult to tell that it is actually wallpaper!

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Gary Swank, Agent, Pittsburgh, PA
Sat Jan 31, 2015
That depends on your personal preference and if you are willing to decorate/renovate to your desired taste.
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Joy "Zaleski"…, Agent, Doylestown, PA
Fri Jan 30, 2015
I admit, some wallpaper is hideous, outdated, or installed improperly. It also depends on how much wall paper is covering the walls. Buyers can usually deal with paper that is subdued, installed properly, and not covering every inch of wall. However, I've shown homes where even the ceilings are covered - Ugh! Some buyers walk away from homes that are wonderful in every way - thinking they do not want to waste their time or their money removing it. As a seller, if you are not in the position to remove it and repaint, then perhaps getting an estimate to provide to would-be buyers would be a good idea. Sometimes, it's even better to just re-drywall over the old stuff. There is a thin drywall that can make the job easier, especially if the home has old plaster walls. I'd never not consider buying a home with wall-paper, but I can see the big picture. Some buyers cannot see the home past the wallpaper.
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fosterkicks99, , 78052
Fri Oct 31, 2014
Wallpaper is something that goes in and out of home fashion depending on the year. I think the appeal of wallpaper is all in the kind that someone chooses. Granted it can be difficult to install, but it can really pull a room together.
Michael Foster http://langspainting.com/wall.html
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Janet Ditroia, , Doylestown, PA
Mon Oct 29, 2012
Hi and thanks for the question.

Now from a realtor perspective... I absolutely would consider buying a home with wallpaper in some rooms. In the true perspective of things.. if the home meets all of the other criteria, such as location, price, square footage, structural integrity.. etc.. wallpaper is cosmetic (assuming it does not cost you too much money, time and effort to remove) other things I mentiioned may be much more costly.
I see location and price and structurel integrity as major buying points and remain to be some of the most importantt factors in making decisions on home ownership. Some homeowners are turned off by wallpaper, but it is taste, perspective and a variety of other factors...Honestly, everybody's perspective is different, I do speak for the majority of buyers I have worked with in the 2012 year of home sales..

all the best,
Janet Ditroia
Long and Foster
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Frank Dolski, Agent, Lahaska, PA
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Jim you bring up a good point. I have no idea why builders are doing this as the majority of buyers do not want wall paper as it is not consdiered "an asset" in a home. If anything, professional stagers, Realtors and the most important group, buyers do not want to see walllpaper in a home as it is seen as dated and troublesome to remove.
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Frank, I agree with you 100%! If you ever try removing it, you open a whole new world of issues, patching, spackling, and sanding. You are not only dealing with steps in repairing sheetrock but, your also dealing with having the experience to make sure it floats out smoothly. I wouldn't let it keep me from buying a house I really wanted, if the price and location were everything I wanted as a buyer.
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