What’s in – what’s out – Oakland County real estate tips

Well the end of 2014 is almost here and it is our slower time between the holidays, so I thought I would take some time and talk about what’s in or what buyers want in Oakland County real estate.  I help people moving to Walled Lake Michigan  and home buyers moving to Oakland County Michigan, so I pick up what buyers are looking for and what they are avoiding.   l Here is Michigan neutral colors are still in.  We are still in the beiges and light browns though Lisa and I were in some furniture stores over the weekend and saw a lot of furniture that was in the grey tones.  So greys and blues MAY BE on the way in.  But for now light yellows, light browns, and beiges are the colors of choice for paint and tile.

If you want to sell, paint light colors with white woodworking!

If you want to sell, paint light colors with white woodworking!

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In fact I was trying to make a project for Lisa for Christmas with broken blue tiles and it was very hard to find blue tile anywhere.  I was just looking for a few pieces of tile to smash up and put into concrete but 90% of the tiles out there are grey and brown tones.  No greens, or blues, or odd colors.  So if you are thinking of re-doing your bathroom or kitchen floors with tile I would go with a beige.  In high end homes you will see natural woodworking stained in wood colors or wood painted white.  In most all Oakland County homes you will see that white painted wood work is in.  Oak woodwork is out.  White woodwork stands out with a beige or light brown wall.  Even light yellows and greys stand out against the white woodwork.  It does not matter if it is a waterfront house on Watkins Lake in Waterford or  a lake home on Commerce Lake in Commerce Township white woodwork is in.


Ideal kitchens

Ideal kitchens

Many times in our business we can tell when the home was built because of the cabinetry or tile colors.  In the 1970’s and 1980’s oak cabinets were in,  the 1990’s it was white cabinets or dark cabinets.  Now we are seeing cabinets in the lighter tones.  Lighter maples, and hickory is in for many homes.  Oak cabinets are definitely out.  Oak woodwork for molding is out.  It is a negative for many Oakland County Michigan home buyers.  So let’s rehash what’s in and what’s out in Oakland County real estate

IN                                                                                                      OUT

Light neutral paint colors                                                      Rooms totally painted in a dark color

One dark wall                                                                                          Wall paper

Beige, light brown tiles                                                                                  White Tile

Glass tile back splashes                                                            Blues, Green, Pink, Turquoise Tiles

Wall paper is OUT!

Wall paper is OUT!

Next let’s go over what is out in kitchen counter tops.    Formica counter tops are out in any home over $100,000 to $150,00.  Granite is in.  Concrete countertops are in.  Tile countertops are out and corian is just so-so choice.  Corian countertops are not what Oakland County home buyers are looking for.  Try to match the granite to the cabinets.  Sometimes by putting granite on well kept cabinets can make a kitchen go from so-so to WOW!

If you are thinking of selling your Oakland County home or any home in Southeastern Michigan give me a call at (248) 310-6239.   I will help you stage and get your home ready to sell.  After all our goal is to get you the top price possible for your home.

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