Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Home improvements that don’t add value

Repairing damages and upgrading your home are common ways of adding value to your property. This comes in handy when you’re reselling your home; however, not all home improvements are worth the effort.

This may come as a surprise, but swimming pools rarely add value to a home these days. Most homeowners see a pool as an inconvenience in terms of upkeep and maintenance.

If you’re planning to upgrade your property for a resale, steer clear of these remodelling projects… 

Swimming pools

This may come as a surprise, but swimming pools rarely add value to a home these days. Most homeowners see a pool as an inconvenience in terms of upkeep and maintenance. 

Pool cleaning and treatment should be done regularly to ensure an enjoyable swimming experience; however, this will inevitably take up your time. 

Home buyers who have small kids also see a pool as a safety hazard, deeming it an off-putting feature to some degree. 

Installing a pool is also a costly home addition, making it a high-cost low-return investment. 

Bold design choices

Avoid over-the-top designs, bold colors and patterns in a home remodel. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a worn-out old house. 

This may not be the best time for pulling out all the stops with exciting interior design ideas. Neutral colors, conservative designs and practical materials appeal to a wider audience and can cast a wider net for potential home buyers. 

Highly personal rooms

Carving out a new room or converting an old one for non-essential reasons can be a difficult selling point. People’s hobbies and interests vary, and having dedicated space for specific activities such as a craft room or game room, won’t pay off in a resale. Stick to essential home areas and rooms – making them flexible for the next home buyer’s needs.


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