Home updates that won’t help your home sell for more money

As you prepare to sell your house, it’s crucial to make strategic decisions regarding home upgrades that can positively impact its resale value. While some renovations can significantly enhance your home’s appeal, there are others that may not yield the desired return on investment. Allow me to share insights on six upgrades that you should carefully consider before proceeding.

Swimming Pools: While a swimming pool can provide enjoyment for your family, it may not necessarily increase your home’s value. Potential buyers often view pools as safety hazards and ongoing maintenance expenses. It’s important to evaluate specific factors, such as living in a high-end neighborhood where pools are commonplace, ensuring the pool design aligns with the neighborhood aesthetics, and residing in a warm climate that allows year-round pool usage. Only under these conditions can a pool potentially add value to your home.

Overbuilding for the Neighborhood: Making significant additions to your home, such as extra bedrooms or a home office, can enhance its appeal. However, it’s crucial to assess whether these improvements align with the average home prices and sizes in your neighborhood. Overbuilding relative to neighboring properties might lead to your home being perceived as overpriced, even if it boasts luxurious features.

Consistent High-End Upgrades: To increase your home’s value, upgrades should be consistent throughout the property. While high-quality upgrades in high-end homes tend to yield positive returns, the same may not be true for mid-range houses with inconsistent upgrades. Buyers generally prefer a home that has been uniformly upgraded, rather than one with only a few remodeled areas.

Invisible Improvements: Upgrades such as a new HVAC system or plumbing may enhance your home’s functionality but might not significantly increase its value. Buyers typically expect these systems to be in good working order and are unlikely to pay extra solely based on recent installations.

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting: Wall-to-wall carpeting has lost its appeal for many buyers due to concerns about allergens and chemical processing. In most cases, removing carpeting and installing or restoring wood floors aligns with buyer preferences and can have a positive impact on your home’s value.

Expanded Owner’s Suites: Adding a luxury owner’s suite can indeed increase your home’s value, but it’s important to consider the impact on the number of bedrooms. Removing a bedroom or sacrificing living space to accommodate the suite may reduce buyer interest and make it more challenging to sell your home at your desired price.

Remember, it’s crucial to evaluate each upgrade based on your specific needs and market trends. Should you require expert guidance tailored to your unique situation, feel free to reach out. I’m here to provide the support and expertise you need to make informed decisions throughout the selling process.

Segreto Group 941-444-2270


Mark Segreto, Sarasota Area Realtor (@mark_segreto_realtor)

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