What Home Upgrades To Do and Not Do for Increased Home Value

Home StagingWhen it comes to home upgrades and renovations, as your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I want you to know that they are not all created equal. Some renovations will help increase your Tri-Valley home’s value, while others will decrease it. If you’re gearing up to sell your Livermore home, this is especially important information!

Zillow recently reported on the five home upgrades that will hurt your home’s resale value in the future. Here’s a summary:

  1. Going overboard on landscaping and gardens. While landscaping has been found to increase home values, too much will do the opposite. Not every homeowner wants to spend their weekends trimming and grooming their yards. Simple is better!
  2. Converting a garage into a family room. In a recent survey, homebuyers said that they’d be willing to spend more for a garage. Why? They want the garage! You’re better off leaving it as is.
  3. Taking out a bedroom. Sure, some potential homebuyers might like a home theater or home office. If they do, let them convert the room. In the large scheme of things, more buyers are interested in bedrooms for their growing families.
  4. Adding highly personalized colors, finished and fixtures. The rule of thumb in real estate is always to stick to neutral décor. This doesn’t just mean paint colors. You’re better off not upgrading with expensive tiles or from a certain historic era. Not everyone will agree with your style and won’t want to pay extra for it.
  5. Adding a swimming pool. This was included on the Zillow report as an upgrade that homebuyers won’t want, but it depends on the location. It’s hot and sunny most of the time here in Livermore Valley, so more buyers will be willing to take care of the extra maintenance! Look around your neighborhood to see how popular pools are in your area.

So, now that you know what not to do as a Tri-Valley home seller, are you wondering what you can do to add value? Here’s a summary from AOL Real Estate:

  • Make renovations in the kitchen and bathroom, because homebuyers are usually most willing to spend more for upgrades in these two rooms.
  • Focus on updating your kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures. Stainless steel appliances are always popular among buyers.
  • Update your countertops with granite or stone, because these wear well and last longer over time. Update your floors with hardwood, or choose a Pergo or laminate flooring that looks like hardwood.
  • Tone down the colors in your home. Decorate with neutral colors, but add appeal with woodwork around doorframes and windows, and crown molding or chair rails for the walls.

When you’re ready to sell your Tri-Valley home, contact me! As an experienced Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’d be happy to assist you.

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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