13 Things You’re Doing to Your Home That Real Estate Agents Wouldn’t
It’s your house, so you can do whatever you want. But if you want to sell it at some point, think twice before doing any of these things.
Removing a bedroom
The kids have finally flown the coop, and you have an extra bedroom you don’t need. That spa-like master ensuite is about to become a reality as soon as you remove the walls. But is it something a real estate agent would do? Not a chance. “You may not need the extra bedroom, but future buyers may,” says Madison. Not only does removing a bedroom lower your home value in comparison to other homes with similar square footage, but it also takes you off potential buyers’ shortlists. This is especially true if your house is located in a family-oriented neighborhood, where an extra bedroom can make or break a deal. In case you were wondering, these are the best and worst cities for families in America.
Installing mismatched flooring
It’s all about continuity—a seamless flow from one room to the next. Head says living with mismatched flooring, whether it is tile, carpeting, or hardwoods, might not seem like a big deal in your day-to-day life, but when you decide to sell, it becomes a glaring eyesore. “Transitions from one room to the next should be uniform. If not, you could lose a potential buyer because they may feel like there’s too much work to be done to make the flooring look uniform,” says Head. HGTV’s Ben and Erin Napier would never install mismatched flooring or make these other renovation mistakes.
Splurging on custom kitchens and baths
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“Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses because they are the most costly and troublesome to renovate,” says Parks. However, if you splurge on custom finishes, lighting, tile, and other housing components that are too custom for the majority of people, you’re not likely to recoup your money. “Figure out a reasonable budget for your kitchen and/or bath that will add value, not exceed the return and cost you money in the end,” she advises. On the other hand, these 31 home improvements could double the value of your home.
We’re all guilty of it from time to time—putting off repairs until you’re a month away from hosting a big party or waiting till the furnace completely stops running to call a service technician. Real estate agents address problem areas straight away for two reasons. One, neglected areas in the home are unattractive. And two, they become expensive to repair when left unattended. Comb this list for other sneaky ways your home is draining your bank account.