Which Home Upgrades Don’t Add Value?

When you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s tempting to dive into a series of upgrades and renovations with the expectation that they’ll increase your home’s value. Yet, not all improvements yield a high return on investment. As Northwest Indiana’s leading real estate team, The Jana Caudill Team is committed to helping you navigate this process effectively, ensuring you get the best possible price for your home. Below, we cover a few upgrades that are unlikely to have the impact you’re looking for.

The Importance of Investing In the Right Upgrades

Home improvements are often seen as a surefire way to boost property value. However, certain projects can end up costing more than the value they add. It’s essential to consider which home upgrades are worth your time and money, and which ones could potentially detract from your home’s appeal.

DIY Home Improvement Projects

While there’s a certain satisfaction in doing it yourself, DIY home improvement projects can sometimes backfire when it comes to adding value. Unless you’re a professional, the quality of work may not meet buyers’ expectations, potentially lowering your home’s appeal.

Garage Conversions

Transforming your garage into an extra living space might seem like a good idea, but many buyers appreciate the convenience of a sheltered place to park their car. Not to mention how many prospective buyers may miss the storage space that a garage provides.

Quirky Wallpaper

Wallpaper, especially if it’s quirky or overly personalized, may not appeal to the majority of buyers. Its removal can be time-consuming and messy, potentially turning off potential buyers. Instead, consider a fresh coat of neutral paint for a universally appealing look.

Custom Luxury Upgrades

Custom, luxury home improvements may reflect your personal taste, but they often only recoup a fraction of their costs. For example, a high-end kitchen remodel only recovers around 54% of the project cost, compared to a minor kitchen remodel that recoups 77% on average. Buyers often view such upgrades as “nice to have” rather than essential.

Oversized Home Additions

If a home addition makes your house significantly larger than others in the neighborhood, it could be harder to sell. Most buyers look at homes in a particular neighborhood because it matches their price range. If they have a higher budget, they’ll likely want to live in a neighborhood composed of homes of equal or greater caliber.

Remodeled Basements and Attics

While a remodeled basement or attic can help sell your home, the return on investment is typically lower than other home improvements. On average, a midrange finished basement will recoup around 70% to 75% of its cost, while a finished attic only recoups about 56%.

Make Smart Upgrade Choices with The Jana Caudill Team

Home upgrades can be a complex landscape to navigate. Investing in the wrong ones can lead to unnecessary costs without adding significant value. With over 27 years of experience and a reputation for exceptional negotiation skills, integrity, professionalism, and a proven track record of success, The Jana Caudill Team is here to guide you in making smart upgrade choices.

Remember, not all home upgrades are created equal. Before undertaking any project, consult with our team to ensure your home sells for the best value. Contact us today and let us help you navigate your home selling journey with confidence and ease.


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