4 Home Renovation Projects You Should Avoid

Home renovation projects that decrease the value of your home

We’ve been writing a lot about ways to improve the value of your home in recent weeks, but today we’re taking a look at home renovation projects from a completely different angle. Below, we’ve shared a list of renovations that can actually hurt your home’s value, courtesy of Dan Rafter for WiseBread.com. Be smart people!


Rafter says that while an in-ground pool might seem like a great addition, many buyers won’t buy a home with a swimming pool because of the upkeep and potential dangers that come along with it. Rafter says that if you have to have a pool, go with an above-ground model that can be removed at selling time.


A Permanent Home Office

Rafter says that while a home office is convenient if you work from home, an extra bedroom is actually more appealing to buyers. A home office with permanent shelving units and built-in cabinets can actually turn off buyers looking for an extra bedroom for their kids, says Rafter.


Turning That Garage Into a Bedroom

Rafter says many buyers demand a garage when purchasing a home, so resist the urge to turn a garage into a bedroom to make way for your growing family.


Too Much Landscaping

Sure, a big garden with lots of flowers might be a “relaxing oasis”, says Rafter, but an overly landscaped backyard requires a lot of upkeep and many buys don’t want to “spend their weekends in the dirt.”


Too Much Color

Rafter says most buyers would prefer homes to be a neutral white so he recommends shying away from bright colors that can be a turnoff.

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I was on a scout for a new house once and I agree with these remodeling tips. Anything that passes off as too bold would lose its sense of appeal which directly reduces the value of the house. Anything that is permanent also reduces the attraction level and might turn the potential buyer away. The key is to remain as subtle as possible and creating a homely ambience is a good start.