5 Home Remodeling Ideas to Avoid

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5 Home Remodeling Ideas to Avoid

When most people take the time and money to remodel their home, they usually tend to look at what will be the most profitable at resell. While remodeling can also be about adding to your personal enjoyment of your home, here are 5 home remodeling ideas that you should avoid if you want to add to your home’s value.

Over-the-Top Improvements

Bigger isn’t always better for home remodeling projects. It’s one thing to update an old bathtub into something more current. It’s another to install a marble tub. For the most part, minor fancy upgrades such as a steam shower aren’t going to add any value to your home.

Home Office

A home office might be a must-have, as well as a possible tax deduction, for people who work from home, but they often don’t pay off when you sell your home. Especially if you end up taking space from a garage or bedroom to transform into your home office, home buyers could see this as a turn-off. Rather than remodeling a space within your home to serve as your office, try decorating an existing space instead.

Swimming Pool

residential in ground swimming pool construction siteYou might think that everyone wants a swimming pool. Why would you not want one? While some people see the luxury of a swimming pool, others see a burden. Yes, a swimming pool is great to have during the hot summer days, but what about all those other days in the year? Pools require a lot of upkeep such as filtering, PH balancing, heating, and winterizing. Considering the amount you’ll invest to get a quality swimming pool, it’s unlikely that you’ll gain any of that back in resale value. Plus, they can also deter buyers as swimming pools can pose a threat to younger children.

Specialized Spaces

When you finally live in a home you can call your own, you want to do everything you can to make it your personal space. Some choices like paint colors and furniture won’t impact buyers in the future. More specialized spaces, on the other hand, may be too quirky for buyers to want to deal with. Maybe you want to add a loft to one of your kid’s rooms. Maybe you want a fireman’s pole between floors. When planning any modification to your home, consider whether other people would share your enthusiasm.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Everyone has their own opinion about which is better––hardwood floors or carpet. The flooring that wears out the fastest, though, is carpet which can look bad very quickly. Plus, it can harbor lots of allergens, dust, and stains that can’t be easily removed. When people move into a new home, they want to start as fresh as possible, and living on the previous owner’s carpet usually isn’t ideal.

When it comes to remodeling your home, you have to weigh the pros and cons of different projects based on their value to your home and your own personal preferences. If there’s a project you really want to do for yourself that will improve how you interact with your home, go ahead and do it. And if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, consider if your remodeling project will be worth the amount of years you enjoy it. A remodeling project can only be as bad or good as you let it be.



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