Home Improvements That Lower Your Home’s Value

You might think that any improvement you do to your home prior to listing it is a good thing. Surely, money in equals money out with real estate, right? You might be surprised to find out that many of the most popular home improvements actually are a turn off to potential buyers. Here are a few of the top home improvement projects to avoid:

  1. Don’t mess with the bedrooms. It’s often tempting to build out a home office in a spare bedroom, but not only do most buyers appreciate the extra bedroom, the average office remodel costs $28,000, and only has a 46 percent return on investment, according to the California Association of Realtors.
  2. Don’t over landscape. Curb appeal is important, but not everyone is concerned about keeping up with the Joneses or winning the neighborhood lawn competition. In fact, most buyers will see a fancy yard as a maintenance nightmare, not as a selling feature.
  3. Don’t invest in high-end upgrades. Skip the whirlpool bath, ultra-fancy appliances and extensive outdoor living spaces. Even building a garage where one does not exist will not give you a worthwhile return on your investment. 

For more information on how to get the most value from your home in Lafayette and Contra Costa County, contact Cary Amo.

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