It’s fairly obvious there are certain home features that can break or make a home being sold. When selling a property, there are a few home-improvements projects that shouldn’t be on the agenda. It’s important to know the difference, so money and time will not be wasted.
Before selling a property, take a look at some of these home improvement not-to-do tips:
Expand. A common mistake sellers make are creating extreme add-ons to the home. Fixing the property up to where it’s larger and more expensive than the neighbors is superfluous. Major additions can price the home out of the market, and increase property taxes for the future homeowner.
Home office. Many people tend to do work at home or work from home. To build an entire office can be a waste of perfectly good square footage. Custom made bookcases and big built-ins are extremely difficult and expensive to change or remove. The homeowner can view this as a project they don’t want to deal with.
Landscape. Having a beautiful front or backyard will immediately attract the buyer. If the garden is too elaborate, the buyer will start thinking about the time and maintenance it will foresee. Keep the yard simple with easy maintainable plants that offer a lot of color.
Swimming pool. Surprising enough, one the most common project that can turn buyers away is a pool. Families with young children view it as a safety risk. Others don’t want to be bothered with the maintenance. Also, pools take over valuable backyard space.
Unnecessary improvements. It’s not necessary for a roof to be replaced when it only needs a few fixes. Also, upgrading a plumbing system is pricey, and the seller will not get that money back. On the contrary, staying on top of routine repairs and home-maintenance responsibilities will inform the new owner on what important upgrades they will need to make.
Unfinished projects. If a project is not going to be complete for open house and/or a walk-through, then don’t start it. Either hire a professional, or just don’t do the project. If small fixes are feasible then stick to that. The idea of rearranging or revamping a project that won’t be completed is not going to bring any extra value to the property.