Home improvements can be a lot of fun, but they can be expensive and may not increase your home’s resale value. Sometimes the pet project you pour thousands of dollars into can actually have a negative impact on your home’s resale value.

There are some considerations that need to be taken into account before you begin the upgrades. How long do you plan to remain in your home? If you plan to be there for 15 years and really want a certain project completed for your own pleasure, by all means, do it! But if you think you will move in another two years, consider the impact your renovations will have on resale.

Are you going to complete the project yourself, or will you hire a contractor? A contractor will be considerably more expensive, but a professional improvement will usually have a higher resale value than an obviously amateur job.

Gourmet Kitchen

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Everyone wants a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry. A kitchen is one of the rooms that sell a home, but a kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive home renovations, tipping the scale at upwards of $60,000, and that is money you will not realize from resale.

If you will be selling the home within two years, consider an update that will not cost an arm and a leg but will effectively approve the function and appearance of the kitchen. Some options could be laminate floors instead of hardwood or tile, new solid-surface countertops rather than quartz or granite, freshly refaced cabinets, new matching appliances, and a fresh coat of neutral paint. The room will look fresh and clean, ready for another family to love the space.

Hot Tub

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You thought everyone wanted a hot tub, right? Not so. Some people, especially parents, consider a hot tub to be a safety hazard, and lots of folks think someone else’s hot tub is gross. A hot tub is hard to un-install, especially if the deck has been custom built to accommodate it. Get yourself a hot tub if you like, but don’t make it a permanent fixture in the home. Remember your ideal upgrade may be someone else’s headache.

Bedroom That’s Not a Bedroom

Bedrooms are prime factors in the choice of a new home, so if you advertise a four-bedroom house, make sure you have four bedrooms! If you have converted a bedroom to a closet, or turned one into an office with built-in cabinetry, buyers will view your home as a three-bedroom and it may hurt your resale value considerably. Before marketing the home, turn your closet back into a bedroom, and make sure that office can also be a functional bedroom.

Too Much Landscaping


A beautiful yard sets the tone for a beautiful home. However, yards that have intricate planted areas, rock gardens, and water features may look complicated and overdone to potential buyers. They may interpret your beautifully laid out landscaping as being a time-consuming project that will ruin every Saturday, and may cause them to shy away from buying your property.

Your home is your castle, so paint every room a different color if you want. However, when it comes time to sell the home, remember that a neutral palette and a simple, functional design will help buyers see themselves creating new memories in this lovely space.

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