4 Home Improvements Most Owners Should Avoid

Dated: July 20 2020

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Adding upgrades to your home involves a delicate balance between remodeling expenses and maximizing your home’s universal appeal. Whether or not you are considering the sale of your home, I would be happy to share my real estate knowledge and expertise with you. With my professional experience, I can give you the best advice on which home improvements will provide the greatest increases in value in today’s market. Listed below are 4 home improvement projects most home-owners should avoid.

1. The Home Office - Having the space for a home office is convenient for personal use, but the cost of adding one to your home is not always a wise investment. Custom cabinets, shelving, and furniture costs can add up. Remember that a potential buyer might not need a home office. When it comes to adding home value, a home office addition generally receives only a 50-75% return rate.

2. The Upscale Master Suite - Certain areas of your home are packed with creative potential, but don’t go overboard when it comes to upgrading the master bedroom if you’re looking for a solid return. Sitting areas, fancy electronics, custom closets, bookcases, stone vanities, and elaborate plumbing will easily make you the envy of your friends and neighbors, but it won’t make them envy your checkbook. Many of the unique features sellers think of as dream-home qualities, overtake the standards of the neighborhood, and in turn, don’t pack a financial punch when it comes to return on investment.

3. Various Room / Square Footage Additions - Home additions can get very costly when it comes to adding more square footage. Average sized rooms, when finishing costs on the interior and exterior are included, can rack up a price tag of over $50,000. Depending on the room’s purpose, an addition will bring back as little as 50% of your investment. You are better off putting the money toward remodeling existing or unfinished space. Again, keep in mind buyer appeal when considering adding square footage.

4. Upscale Kitchen Remodeling - Granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and commercial-grade appliance upgrades have the potential to bring back a big return financially. A common home upgrade mistake is focusing only on the kitchen and leaving the rest of the house falling behind in quality and appearance. As with any renovation, make sure it stays in tune with the overall flow and feel of your home.

Your goal in home remodeling should be to keep up with your neighbors, but never fully surpass them. Knowing the trends and status in your neighborhood is key for determining which upgrades are solid investments, and which ones will leave your home lingering on the market. Focus on keeping styles clean and neutral.

If you would like to know more about this topic or anything else regarding the value or sale of your home, please feel free to contact me at anne.butcher@exprealty.com

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Anne Butcher

Award-winning agent including America's Top 100 Real Estate Agents from 2019 and 2020. A full-time Real Estate Agent since 2003 and a certified negotiation expert. Awarded eXp Realty Icon Agent Statu....

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