Avoid these home upgrades in case you want to sell someday

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 11:13am.

Just because a “home improvement” may appeal to a home owner, doesn’t mean it will appeal to potential home buyers. Because there’s no guaranty that a person will live in a home forever and will never put the house on the market, here are five home upgrades to avoid, according to Real Simple:

Home office

Converting a bedroom into a home office will only reduce the number of bedrooms the house will have and make it difficult for home shoppers to see a bedroom in place of a space a desk and file cabinets now occupy, Real Simple reports.

Concrete patio

A concrete patio will most likely crack at some point, and it’s not repairable. It also reflects light and gives off a harsh glare.

Bold-colored marble counters

While the decorator in the home may prefer bold, bright-colored finishes and materials, Real Simple advises to stay away from them. Radical colors may appeal to the current home owner, but they may put off potential buyers. When in doubt, go with basic black granite counters.

Sports courts

Not everyone is an athlete, and basketball and tennis courts take up big portions of yard.

Wall-to-wall carpeting

Another personal choice, making carpeting the flooring of choice throughout the house likely won’t appeal to the majority of home shoppers, especially if it’s stained, according to Real Simple.

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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