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Home Upgrades to Avoid

October 13th, 2011 Tools

Not every home improvement project is guaranteed to boost the value of your home. Some projects are better left undone - unless you have a personal reason or aren't planning to put your house up for sale in the near future. Here's what not to do when renovating, according to Real Simple magazine and Frugalbits.com.

1. Don't put in a swimming pool. According to Frugalbits.com, half of buyers don't want a swimming pool at their house. It takes up a lot of room in the backyard and requires a lot of maintenance that many people don't want to deal with.

2. Wall-to-wall carpeting. While you may want new carpeting in your rooms, many people like to choose their own carpets or just keep the clean look of hardwood floors. Plus, if you get stains it won't help your sale.

3. Personal or trendy touches. While making some improvements in the bathroom and kitchen is a good idea, you shouldn't choose designs that only appeal to you. For example, wild color choices or strange designs may cater to your tastes, but many homeowners might not like the look. Try to choose a more neutral scheme that could appeal to a variety of tastes.

4. Home office. Even if you want a space where you can do your work in quiet, it's not a good idea to renovate a bedroom into a home office. Bedrooms are attractive selling points for many people, and losing one may hurt the value of your house.

5. Concrete patios. Despite your best intentions, it's not a good idea to install a concrete patio in your backyard. They're susceptible to cracks which can't be repaired, and they can also cast a harsh glare in the sunlight.