Home Upgrades That Waste Money: Avoid these!

Hey there, welcome back! If you’re considering home upgrades before listing your home, you might want to read this article first.

I’m Sarah Sperber, your go-to REALTOR® for Northern Nevada insights. Today, let’s delve into the crucial topic of costly home upgrades and why some investments might not yield the return you’re hoping for.

Avoid Personalized Upgrades

In the realm of home staging, neutrality reigns supreme. Bold and personalized accents, such as accent walls or unconventional cabinetry colors, may appeal to you but could deter potential buyers. Remember, the goal is broad appeal. Opt for neutral tones and designs to attract a wider range of buyers.

Luxury Finishes in Transitional Neighborhoods

Luxury finishes in a neighborhood tailored to entry-level buyers? Proceed with caution. It’s essential to align your upgrades with the expectations of the market. 

Overinvesting in high-end finishes in an area where they may not be appreciated could result in a poor return on investment. Instead, focus on upgrades that enhance the overall appeal without overcapitalizing.

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Costly Home Upgrades: Swimming Pool Installations

Dreaming of a backyard oasis? Hold that thought. While a pool might sound appealing to some, for many prospective buyers, it’s a maintenance headache rather than a selling point. 

Opting for a home with a pool already installed is one thing; adding one pre-sale is another. Additionally, consider the climate and the preferences of potential buyers in your area before investing in a pool.

Home Office Conversions:

Post-COVID, the appeal of a dedicated home office is undeniable. However, tread lightly with extensive conversions. What serves as your workspace today may be a sought-after bedroom tomorrow. 

In other words, flexibility is key in meeting diverse buyer preferences. Consider convertible spaces that can serve multiple functions to appeal to a broader range of buyers.

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Home Upgrades to skip: DIY Renovations

Unless you’re a seasoned pro, DIY renovations might not be the best route. From paint jobs lacking precision to botched repairs, amateur work can stand out like a sore thumb to potential buyers. 

It’s often wiser to leave things untouched than risk devaluing your property. Instead, consider hiring professionals for any significant upgrades or repairs to ensure quality results.

As you navigate the world of upgrades to boost your home sale, remember: only certain investments end up enhancing your property’s appeal and value, so go for the ones with a proven ROI and avoid the type of home upgrades that generally don’t work out in your favor.

 If you’re ready to explore your options in the Northern Nevada real estate market or seek advice on maximizing your property’s potential, I’m here to guide you every step of the way. Reach out today, for free, and discover how choosing the right upgrades can elevate your selling experience.


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