Part II: What�s in and
what�s out for 2006
By Louise Bolger
SUN STAFF WRITER
Here we are, the second week into the new
year. Wed better get going on whats out for 2006,
because 2007 is right around the corner. These are some of
the trends that will be out for 2006 according to the New
York Times "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home."
The real estate bubble (finally). Its actually a correction
with a soft decline in prices, the definitive word being soft.
Ebony-stained hardwood floors. Better to tear it out than
try to sand and refinish.
Single-rod closets get organizers to maximize the most storage
in the least amount of space.
Dark rooms with small windows. Natural light will make even
the dated kitchen look better.
Wallpaper. Who cares if its nice and expensive. It may
not be the same taste as a buyer, paint is the way to go.
Builder grade light fixtures and interior fixtures used outside.
The right fixtures say quality to buyers. Its the same
affect imported Italian shoes have on your outfit.
Awnings on exterior windows and doors. Rremember, let the
sun shine in.
Mirrored walls any place, living room, kitchen, bedrooms,
very retro 80s.
Color is definitely in, however, strong, bold and trendy colors
may not be for every buyer, especially if he doesnt
read Architectural Digest. Keep it neutral.
Gas grills that need their own tank. If possible, have it
piped in from the house or bury a small propane tank.
Dropped ceilings. Vertical space and high ceilings are in,
Stainless steel appliances (please dont tell my husband).
Some people just dont like to clean them.
Laminated flooring that looks like hardwood. Not only can
buyers tell its not wood, the noise it makes with high
heel shoes is the deal-killer during property showings. This
has been too long in coming. Lets hear it for real wood.
The New York Times may have better resources than me, but
its a safe bet that their focus is not on Florida. So
here are a few of my personal outs in any year:
Domed kitchen ceilings, especially with fans. Very your mothers
Pebble and stone lawns. I know its maintenance free
especially for snow birds, but dont try and sell your
house with one.
Pool cages that are not vaulted. Remember vertical space is
in, in, in.
Toilets in a separate room with a door (I happen to have one)
are an incredible waste of space.
Houses painted pink. I dont mean the popular coral or
pinky taupe; I mean flamingo pink.
And speaking of flamingos, please remove them from your front
lawn before placing your house on the market, unless, of course,
your friends are flamingoing you for your birthday.
Just one more thing. If you havent taken down your Christmas
decorations yet, that is a very definite out. Happy New Real