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Remodeling Mistakes That Can Cost You Money When You Sell

Remodeling your home before you sell it is a great idea. Did you know you can get back as much as 56% of the remodel cost in home value? Bathrooms and kitchens tend to add the most value inside the home. While new roofs and windows are good choices outside the home.

But you should approach a home renovation with a strategy because remodeling mistakes can cost you top dollar and prevent your home value from increasing.

So if you're looking to sell your home, here are the home remodeling mistakes to avoid.

Not Choosing the Right Remodels

One of the biggest home remodeling mistakes to avoid is choosing the wrong projects to focus on. If you look up remodeling tips for selling homes, you'll find a plethora of information on which projects will increase home value.

In general, focusing on kitchens and bathrooms provides a great return on your investment. But non-aesthetic updates are also important, like electrical, insulation, and plumbing.

It's also important to choose the proper scope for your projects. Putting in more money doesn't always mean an equal return. There's often a sweet spot when it comes to remodeling. Making smart choices about your remodels will help your increase your home value.

DIYing Instead of Hiring Professionals

You might be tempted to tackle some projects on your own to save money. But having a professional in charge of your remodeling projects will give you a better chance of getting a higher return on your investment.

There are some projects that homeowners shouldn't tackle, especially if they don't have the professional experience to get it done right. Plumbing, electrical, and drywall are a few examples of projects that are best left to professionals.

Hire professionals with years of experience who can ensure all the systems in your house are done right.

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Who doesn't want to sit and relax by the swimming pool on a nice day? Surprisingly, a good number of home buyers. Swimming pools and hot tubs are a benefit for many people, but they can also be a con.

Both come with a lot of upkeep and maintenance that many homeowners don't want to take on. They can also take up a lot of space and be a potential safety hazard.

If you don't have a swimming pool, don't add one to see you home. There are better renovations to spend your money on.

Losing the Garage

One of the biggest remodeling mistakes you can make is getting rid of the garage in favor of something else. You may think that adding more living space is a good idea. Or maybe adding a workshop or gym in your garage.

Potential buyers may not have the same wants or needs as you do. But most potential buyers would prefer a place to keep their cars or have storage over a second living room, workshop, or gym.

If you've already converted the garage into another space, it would be best to return it to its primary function.

Not Updating or Upgrading

The home market is competitive, and most buyers are looking for a home that's nearly perfect. If you don't update or upgrade your home, don't expect to get the same price as similar homes around you.

Consider upgrading kitchen appliances like fridges, stoves, and ovens. Update your flooring throughout your home. No one wants to buy a home with dingy, dirty carpets. And most homeowners don't want carpet in the home at all.

Consider updating your carpet or swapping old carpet out for hardwood floors or tiles. Even upgraded small details can make a big difference, though they shouldn't be the main focus when there are larger upgrades to make.

Quirky and Personalized

It's not a surprise that not all homeowners have the same taste in interior styles. There are a few details that home buyers can get over. But it becomes hard for potential buyers to envision themselves in your space if they can't get past super personalized design.

Bold and bright paint or wallpaper, crazy colored tile, or quirky fixtures can be a turnoff to buyers and one of the most common home remodeling problems. After purchasing a home, most buyers don't want to put in tons of money to make the house feel like their home.

So before selling your home, try to make your home a little more neutral to attract a wider selection of clients.

Getting Rid of a Bedroom

In general, the more bedrooms you have, the higher the price tag of your home tends to be. So try to keep that number as high as possible by not getting rid of a bedroom in favor of other rooms.

It may be tempting to add a home office or make two bedrooms one large bedroom. But you should resist the urge and allow your home to have as many bedrooms as possible.

The new owners can decide if they want to keep all the bedrooms or use one as an office.

Forgetting the Curb Appeal

You don't want to focus all of your attention on the inside of your home. The exterior is like a first impression, so you should put some focus on curb appeal. This means manicuring your lawn, planting flowers, or trimming trees.

Don't forget about power washing or repainting so your home looks fresh. Replace any old windows or missing roof tiles. You want potential buyers to be wowed from the moment they pull up to your home.

Must-Know Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Any homeowner who's looking to sell wants to get the best price for their home. Renovating your house is a great way to increase the value and get top dollar when your home hits the market.

But not all home remodels are equal, and there are tons of mistakes that can cost you the best price on a sale. So, if you want to start a bidding war, these are the home remodeling mistakes to avoid.

Ready to put your home on the market? List it with San Diego's home experts, Steel San Diego Homes! Allow us to sell your home fast and for the best price. Contact us to start the selling process today!

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