Posted on: October 10, 2013
Your home is your castle. It reflects your taste and personality, and it should. But if you are thinking of selling anytime in the near future, make sure your remodel is appealing to a wide variety of tastes, not just your own. Ditch the purple shag carpet and gold and marble bathroom for something a bit more sensible. Below are some tips to consider when you head into your next home project:
Match Materials To The Neighborhood
Using Low-end remodeling finishes in a high-end neighborhood diminishes your home’s value, and putting high-end finishes in a lower priced neighborhood won’t push your home’s sale price much above the last sale price.
Do The Job Right
If you can’t do professional quality remodeling work, hire someone who can. Nobody pays top dollar for amateur workmanship.
Blend In With The Neighbors
If you over-improve, you’ll get less at resale. Would you pay full-price for a mansion located in a trailer park?
Today’s trendy remodeling finish choices are tomorrow’s dated decor. Even a beautifully executed remodeling project fades in value over time. Brass bathroom fixtures, anyone?
Finish Existing Space First
A remodel that turns storage areas (think basement or attic) into useable space trumps adding completely new rooms. It’s cheaper to finish existing spaces than add new ones.
Make Sure Additions Aren’t Really Subtractions
A third bedroom transformed into a walk-in closet might bring you bliss, but it eliminates a bedroom and will lower your home value at resale.