When this happens in real estate — inside or out — a seller's non-trend or off-trend house or condominium unit may become "substandard" in buyers' eyes.
Sellers who expect top dollar for their property must ensure it makes an on-trend impression with homebuyers, especially millennials.
In interior design, the trend toward ensuite bathrooms combined with the trend to "spa-like" bathrooms has put expensive-renovation pressure on sellers' existing bathrooms.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms to renovate, so it's annoying to sellers that these are the only rooms that add value to a home.
If the last renovation was fairly recent, on-trend paint and other cosmetic staging touch-ups may be all that's necessary for great return on this investment.
If your home decor pays homage to the 20th Century, discuss 21st-Century renovations options with real estate, construction, and staging professionals.
Buyers want new, matching, preferably high-end appliances.
Skip these trends and your home may be considered "out dated" even though you have a new furnace and a classic wood-burning fireplace.
Staging can add cosmetic cleverness, but there still may be a few renovation projects necessary.
Remember, sellers should concentrate on what target buyers want in their "dream home," not on what sellers have been comfortable living with for years.