20 Disastrous DIY Decisions That’ll Knock Thousands Off The Value Of Your Home

So, you’re ready to upgrade your starter home for a family abode you’ve seen listed on Zillow. And you need to get your current place market-ready to achieve its ceiling price. You have seen a few seasons of Love It or List It and know just what to do. But wait: it turns out that many property renovation ideas may actually devalue the price! So, from building swimming pools to installing home offices, let’s discover which things you should avoid when trying to increase your house’s value.

20. Bold is not always beautiful

Picture the scene: you’ve spent years refining your own unique style on the house. That bold and colorful wall in the lounge helps you switch off after a long day in your characterless cubicle at work. Sure, you like it, and so does your partner. Though take a step back and ask yourself: would a potential buyer feel the same?

Neutral colors appeal to the masses

Housing expert Thomas Goodman knows a thing or two about a home’s value. He told the website Love Property in February 2021, “A bright yellow wall in the kitchen could be comforting for you, but it might portray your room in a different light to others.” When it comes to selling your home, neutral tones will have a wider appeal.

19. A bathroom in name only

Walk-in showers might be a popular, time-effective option for anyone who lives a hectic life. They can also create the illusion of more space in a cramped bathroom. Yet many people like to unwind with a long soak in the tub after a busy day! So, perhaps think twice before ripping it out. After all, it may hurt the resale value of your home – particularly if you only have one bathroom.

Consider the hassle

A refreshed bathroom can undoubtedly add value to a home. But going too far may have the reverse effect, Yahoo! Life notes. If you like the idea of a fancy whirlpool tub with all the bells and whistles, consider whether someone else might see it as a hassle to clean or step into. Perhaps instead keep it simple with a shower over the bath.