Whenever someone buys a house, it is only natural for them to want to make life in their house more comfortable and convenient. However, before you convert your garage into a sauna or your bonus room into a bedroom think about whether or not these additions will add value to your home. Though selling your home may be years away, keep in mind that not all “improvements” are welcome by homebuyers. What you may see as your “sweet man cave” could be perceived as the “ugly blue and gold room”, you want something buyers will want, not something they’ll laugh about later. With that in mind, here are some things buyers do not typically appreciate.
First off are bad add-ons. There’s nothing worse than feeling cramped in your own home, so plenty of people will put an add-on on their home to add some space. Problem is plenty of these people do it cheaply and the add-on looks like it was built by Daffy Duck and attached with Elmer’s Glue. If you’re going to put an add-on onto the house make sure it looks as seamless as possible. You want it to look like it came with the house, not like it was brought in by a middle school woodshop class.
Secondly are conversions. Conversions are usually pretty great, one can turn an unused room into a room that is useful for the family. However turning a dining room into a game room may be great for your family since you all eat on the couch, but where are your future buyers going to eat? Also, keep in mind that converting a study into a bedroom does not really work. Just because you put a bed in there does not magically make it a bedroom. Without a closet it won’t be considered a bedroom.
Thirdly, outdated finishes. It does not matter if you paint a room the most fashionable colors and put nice furniture in there if the buyers look up and see popcorn ceilings and a disco ceiling fan from the 70s. If you’re going to update a room, do the whole thing, this includes light switches and outlets. Also be wary of what wallpapers might be too specific, like purses or video game characters, instead go with something broader allowing the room to be purposed by anyone. Oh and carpet? Most buyers prefer wood floors.
Fourth is a big thing to look out for, and that’s awkward spacing. You’ve probably seen in sitcoms where the son leaves for college and when he comes back his room has been turned into little less than a closet. Break down and move walls around as you need to, but don’t do it at the expense of a whole other room.
Lastly is expensive to maintain luxuries. What I mean by this is that swimming pools, ponds, putting greens and fountains can make your backyard absolutely gorgeous, but they’re costly to keep up. Installing a landscape that needs constant care to stay healthy may be a great hobby for you, but for future buyers it’s just a hassle. I’m not saying drop your hobbies, but make sure it’s a hobby you’re not forcing on potential buyers. Also keep in mind that swimming pools are great and worth the upkeep in say Florida or here in Southern California where they can be used all year long, but say in Minnesota a pool is just a hassle.
So go ahead and paint your den your team’s colors, do whatever you want to your home, but keep in mind that if it’s expensive to install, buyers will see it as expensive to remove. And as always, if you have any questions about selling your home, or whether or not you should paint your den a lime green, you can always visit or call National Realty Group. We’ll be sure to give you all the advice you need.