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Home Improvement Myths

May 10, 2012

If you are interested in trying to add value to your home, you may be considering an addition, a pool, or just simply remodeling.  But is it really worth spending the money?  HGTV experts have compiled data and their experience to debunk the common myths among sellers.

Top Myths:

  • Any remodel is a good one.  Some remodeling such as an addition, new or added bath, or a finished basement is a good choice, however; a wine cellar or opera balcony may not work for homebuyers who are looking at your home.  When doing a remodel, keep in mind you may want to sell your house one day and not all buyers want your style.
  • I can do it myself.  An easier task such as wallpapering, painting, or even window washing can be a great do-it-yourself project for the weekend, but keep in mind you are not a professional and have limits.  When trying to replace, install, or build something of a larger magnitude don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Pools and hot tubs add value.  Adding a water feature to your backyard depends on climate in your area.  If everyday is Summer then a pool is a great investment and can add value to your home.  In other areas there is an off-season, meaning, if Summer everyday only comes during Summer, it is not worth your money.  You may end up spending more to maintain it in off-season than it is really worth.
  • Follow the latest design trends.  Jumping in to a new trend lets people feel great about themselves because they can be ‘hip’ and ‘current’ but just as fast as they come they can go out of style even faster.  To be sure to avoid this common mistake use a neutral color palette to give a timeless effect and get rid of wallpaper!

As an Accredited Home Stager and a full service realtor, I will be happy to review your property and make specific suggestions.

Patty Cunningham, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Preferred
Exton, PA 19341
O.        610.363.6006
C.        610.659.4669
Lic #RS294054

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