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First-time homebuyers who manage to snag a house today have every reason to be excited. Congratulations!

Yet once you move in and start decorating, watch out: A whole lot can go wrong.

When it comes to feathering their nest, homeowners rarely get it right the first time. The result? Frightening paint colors, furniture that doesn’t fit in the space (or up the stairs), and other costly renovations you’ll regret big time.

To help you avoid these missteps, we asked a few home designers what they’ve seen upon entering people’s homes. Let’s just say they’ve seen a lot that makes them stop in their tracks.