If you own your house, you can decorate it in whatever motif you want. However, if you think you might sell your home in the future, you may want to hold off before you install that $10,000 outdoor grill or spend $20,000 redecorating your bedroom. When you are selling, there are smart reasons why you should avoid particular renovations or upgrades. Here are some things a real estate agent would not do to your house that you might do.
Spending Too Much on Upgrades
Real estate agents often caution homeowners about spending too much on upgrades. If you upgrade to expensive items such as a state-of-the-art kitchen or an elaborate pool, you could be setting yourself up for an unrealistic valuation if you decide to sell. The comparable homes in your neighborhood may not support the value of those upgrades. Upgrades should increase your home’s value when compared against the most recent sales price of houses in or around your area.
Neglecting Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is how your home looks on the outside. If you have untrimmed trees, an unkempt lawn, or a bad exterior paint job, it could damage a buyer’s first impression of your home. The first thing a person sees is the outside of your house, so it is a good idea to take care of your home’s exterior, so it does not look run down.
Sweeping the porch, cleaning the outside windows, cutting back low-hanging branches, and repairing a damaged roof all enhance your curb appeal. However, keep your landscaping efforts within your budget. Something as simple as keeping your yard clean can go a long way. Real estate agents always recommend that you work on your home’s curb appeal if you decide to put it on the market.
Mismatching Your Flooring
You want your floors to flow seamlessly throughout your house. If you have mismatched flooring, it could turn off potential buyers. If one room is hardwood and all the other rooms are tile, it ruins a home’s uniformity. Also, buyers might consider it an eyesore and start calculating how much it would cost them to install matching floors. You never want buyers thinking about additional expenses when you are showing them your house.