Home Improvement Projects Sellers Should Skip

Dated: 10/07/2013

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Things like upgrading your kitchen, adding a fresh coat of paint or changing out old windows for modern, energy efficient options, are tried and true upgrades that can increase the value of your home. However, some home changes and improvements won’t be worth it in the long run. Here we’ll take a look at a few home upgrades that can actually negatively impact the value of your home. So if you’re thinking of remodeling to increase your resale value, remember the following things to avoid. Converting bedrooms into other spaces: If potential homebuyers see it’s a four-bedroom house, they want to go to the open house and see four bedrooms. If you don’t need all the bedrooms, it’s tempting to turn one into a media room or game room, but for resale purposes make sure the staging in the bedroom area indicates exactly what that space is for. Colored trim and textured walls:  You may think any potential homebuyer would see these unique features and know they can easily paint over them, but the truth is painting trim is a tedious and time-consuming job that most buyers would like to avoid. As for textured walls, they’re daunting to sand down and remove. Hot tubs:  Design and staging experts agree that inheriting someone else’s hot tub is a bit of a turn-off. What’s more is how many potential buyers find them to be a little unsanitary as well. Unfortunately, once a hot tub is installed, it's not an easy feature to remove from a deck or backyard.  Too much landscaping:  Of course you want your yard to look as inviting as possible, but it’s important not to go overboard when it comes to landscaping. While it looks great, an overly-manicured yard and lawn can look like too much maintenance for potential buyers.
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Ken Blevins

Ken Blevins, Chief Executive Officer of Metrowest Real Estate Services, is a veteran in mortgage and default servicing with more than 23 years of experience in collections, foreclosure/bankruptcy, los....

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