It is common to think that all home improvement projects will increase the value of your home and will help guarantee to attract more buyers or give you a good ROI, but that is not the case. So if you find yourself with the goal of renovating to eventually sell, then you’d be wise to avoid the following upgrades:

High-end landscaping

Similarly, investing in expensive landscaping and water features doesn’t always pay off, as buyers can see them as a hassle.

Luxury upgrades

It depends on your real estate market and your specific neighborhood, but super high-end touches like professional-grade appliances and marble countertops may not be something buyers are willing to pay extra for.

Swimming pools

Pools are a polarizing topic for buyers — some buyers love a home with a pool, but many others see it as a safety issue or a huge maintenance burden.

What to fix before selling a house

Small repairs and maintenance are the areas you want to focus on and are often needed to show buyers that you’ve taken good care of the home. These small efforts can make a big difference when it comes to how long it takes to sell your home and how much it sells for. And it can streamline the negotiation process since your buyer won’t have to request repairs as a result of their inspection.

Consider tackling these projects before taking on bigger improvements:

  • Replace broken mechanicals, like your HVAC system or appliances.
  • Remove peeling wallpaper and repaint.
  • Take care of weeds and overgrown landscaping.
  • Repair broken or leaky plumbing.
  • Replace cracked tiles.

About Danielle Verboski

Whether you are looking for homes for sale or looking for a real estate agent to sell your home, having a dedicated professional who is committed to excellence is essential to a smooth real estate transaction. I am that person! The path to and from home ownership is best traveled with an experienced professional. Let me lead the way and help simplify the process. Born and raised in Connecticut, my level of expertise in the local area and market is unparalleled. With over 12 years experience in the customer service industry, the undivided attention that all clients receive while working with me is what sets me apart from the rest. I am personally committed to each and every one of my clients, no matter what their role is in the Connecticut real estate market.