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    Home Reno’s – Sneaky Mistakes that Decrease Value

    Home renovations are increasing across the board – with DIY Tutorials sweeping across every device known to man, it has become almost impossible not to try something once.  The “how to” video on Youtube looks easy, right?  Well maybe so, but don’t rush off to Lowe’s in a hurry.  Many people get caught up in a trend and miss the basics.  Most buyers are looking for classic, neutral pallets throughout a home, something they can envision putting their own personality into.  Here’s a look at a few renovation examples that could hurt you in the selling process.

    crazy exterior paint1.  Curb Appeal – Using crazy exterior paint colors is a sure way to drive away buyers.  Unless you live in a vibrant neighborhood at the end of the rainbow, stick to neutrals.

     

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    2. Landscaping without Thinking about the Future – When planting trees or large shrubs in your yard, consider how big they will grow over the next ten or twenty years.  Make sure not to plant too close to the house or driveway.  The roots could potentially cause breaks in the driveway and increase your homeowner’s insurance.

    pool3.  Expecting Big Returns on a Pool– People spend thousands of dollars investing in a pool and want to reap the full amount they sowed when the time comes to sell.  Unfortunately, you will never get back the full value of your investment.

     

    new-air-conditioning4.  Don’t Skimp on the AC System – Always pay for the next system up for your home’s size.  Paying more initially will bring down your power bill while you live there and will up the home’s value when you sell.

    small bathroom5.  Thinking Too Small  Kitchens and bathrooms sells homes.  If you have a small bathroom and you’re wanting to make some changes, keep in mind that you want to make those small spaces feel as big as possible.  For instance, the floors – steer more towards the large stone tiles – the bigger pieces will give the illusion of more space.  Always pay for the next system up for your home’s size.  Paying more initially will bring down your power bill while you live there and will up the value when you sell.

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