There are many decisions to make as a homeowner when it comes to remodeling, updating, or selling your home. Making your home your own can involve adding your own personal touches with colors and designs; however, it is important to be mindful of how these decisions may affect the value of your home when it’s time to sell – even if selling your home is not in the foreseeable future. Avoid making these mistakes, which may decrease the value of your home.
Following Too Many Trends
It can be fun to follow the latest trends in home design and renovation; however, it is important to be mindful of overdoing it. Buyers typically look for kitchens and bathrooms that are classic in design.
Going Overboard with Paint
Choosing a vibrant and bright color for your home’s exterior can diminish its curb appeal. When it’s time for an exterior paint job, stick to a color that fits your home’s design and complements the homes in your neighborhood. For the interior, avoid getting too complicated with paint. You may like sponge painting and bright colors, but when it’s time to sell, stick to neutrals.
Skimping on an AC Unit
When you are looking for a new air conditioning unit, pay for the next system up for your home. But have a qualified contractor size it correctly to keep your home comfortable and control your energy costs.
Holding onto Old Appliances
No buyer wants to inherit dirty, chipped, or stained appliances, and why would you want to live with them either. Replace when necessary, and look for a quality finish and the Energy Star seal.
Neglecting the Small Stuff
Make sure your house is well maintained by cleaning regularly, repairing what’s broken or leaky, maintaining the windows and doors, etc. Pay attention to even the tiniest details when it comes to cleaning, such as the tracks of windows and sliders, and grout around your tile. This will show the buyer that your house was cared for while you lived there.
Choosing Hard-to-Clean Surfaces
If you are looking to replace your countertops, make sure that you purchase and use the correct cleaners and choose easy-to-clean surfaces. Permanent stains on kitchen and bathroom counters are a turn-off and sends a signal to the buyer that costly replacements may be needed.
Expecting to Regain the Value on Big Investments
Putting in a pool is a big investment, and many people expect to recoup the full value of the pool when they sell their home. Unfortunately, potential buyers will often see the pool as a drawback, not an asset.
If you are looking to update or remodel your home, call Callen at 414-765-2585. Since 1986, our dedicated design/build team has been instrumental in transforming the lives and homes of thousands of Wisconsin residents.
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