If you are a homeowner, you are probably adding decor and details to your home to make it “yours.” While you’re most likely choosing restorations based on your personal preferences and tastes, you should always keep resale value in mind. The projects you choose to invest in now can help–or hurt–your resale value when you are ready to sell your home.
For example, there are so many wonderful lighting options nowadays, but ornate, customized fixtures might create a problem for future homebuyers. It’s better to spend your money on lamps that you can take with you when you move and keep the home’s major lighting inline with a more conservative design.
Or, that black and white marbled tile might seem perfect to you, but future homebuyers might be turned off by it . They might want you to reduce the price because they want to redo the flooring!
Love the color orange? Most homeowners don’t. Neutral walls always work better when selling your home. In fact, a Zillow study found homes with terracotta-colored living rooms sold for an average of $793 less than other homes. It would be better to compromise with orange bedding, and stick to a more soothing hue on the walls, like cream or light blue.
Likewise, texturing walls might be a fun DIY project, but it’s best to bring in texture through rugs, pillows and artwork.
Another tip? High-end gadgets and electronics can scare off potential buyers. Skip the over-the-top whirlpool tub, and opt for a simple stall with a state-of-the-art shower head. Your wallet will thank you down the road!
Do you like wallpaper? Wallpaper choice is definitely a personal choice. Be careful that you don’t go overboard with too-busy prints and colors or you could turn off future homebuyers. Bring in bold colors and patterns through art, rugs, pillows, etc.
Of course, you want to express your family’s personality when decorating your home. Just remember, a little personality goes a long way! To save you frustration–and money–in the future, keep the “bones” of your home more subdued and use accessories to showcase your family’s personality.