Home Improvements to Avoid Before Selling Your Home

Are you planning on selling your home in the near future? If so, you will likely want to make some improvements to your home in order to increase its value. At the same time, there are some improvements that you should avoid because they may actually cost you money in the long run. Here is a look at the top 5 home improvements to avoid before selling your home.

Improvement #1: Painting in a Unique Color

While painting your walls with bold colors may attractive to you and may be trendy at the time, many colors can be a real turn off to potential buyers. After all, if they hate the color, they will only be thinking about the trouble of repainting the walls in order to get rid of it. When preparing to sell a home, it is best to keep the colors on the walls neutral.

Improvement #2: Replacing Kitchen Cabinets

While upgrading your kitchen will help to increase its value, completely replacing them may not be worth the expense. If your cabinets are still of good quality but need a face lift, it may be better for you to reface or paint them rather than replace them.

Improvement #3: Building a Large Garage

Most homebuyers are looking for a two car garage when searching for the perfect home. Nonetheless, if you do not have a two car garage, building one before the sell may not be a good idea. You certainly don’t want to build a garage that is bigger than a two car design, as you likely won’t see an immediate return on your investment.

Improvement #4: Installing a Pool

While some buyers are willing to pay extra for a home with a pool, many will stay clear of homes with this added amenity. Owning a pool means taking on extra upkeep that not everyone wants to deal with and it is also a safety hazard for families.

Improvement #5: Creating a Specialty Room

If you like to sew, if you are in a band, if you are a photographer, or if you enjoy any other hobby, you might love the idea of having a room that is dedicated to that hobby. Your potential buyers, on the other hand, won’t necessarily share the same passions as you. Therefore, don’t turn a bedroom into a specialty room. In fact, if it is currently a specialty room, it is best to transform it back into a bedroom while your home is on the market.

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