I came across the "Word du Jour" of Met Home's September 2008 issue and I just had to laugh. The word was "Remuddle". Apparently Merriam-Websters Open dictionary defines this word as follows:
"To unsuccessfully remodel or make multiple blunders during a renovation."
At the Davis Team, we do run into this with homeowners who want to sell their Austin home at the premium remodeled price. We are in the unevyable position of having to tell them that the home is not going to attract a buyer at the higher price. ( yes , this is my least favorite part of the business)
Unfortunately a Remuddled home will not fetch as much as a remodeled home. And most people who have completed a remuddle dont realize it and think they have completed a remodel.
The most common Remuddle I see is where a homeowner makes dated design choices without the help of a decorator. Another common error is when the new work is totally out of context for the rest of the house. You get the feeling that you are walking through 2 different houses.
I know what you are thinking. "Not everyone can afford a decorator." Yes, that is true. But No One can Afford a Remuddle. So, get some help from someone who is up on current design trends. Study up with current magazines. This is just too costly an error.
If you intend to purchase furniture after your remodel then you can often lean on the help of local furniture retailers. Like Back Home Furniture ( by Central Market on South Lamar) or Back Home with a Twist ( by Central Market on North Lamar) . At Back Home with A Twist , design diva Mari Johnson shows clients how to mix in their current traditional furnishings with a modern flair. Store designers can help with color selections and draperies. The time to get a designer involved is before all the permanent choices are made.