April 14, 2021 at 8:36am | Julie Hayward

Here are four upgrades to avoid when prepping your home for the market.

If you’re ready to prepare your home for the market, there are certain upgrades you need to avoid making. While these upgrades may look aesthetically pleasing, they won’t give you the best bang for your buck when you sell:


1. Remodeling a second or third floor. If you live in a multi-level home, focus your remodeling efforts on the main level where the kitchen is. This is the floor buyers will focus on the most.  If you upgrade any upstairs bathrooms or bedrooms, you won’t get the same return on your investment. 


2. Adding crown molding or wainscoting. This is especially true if you add crown molding to any bedrooms or hallways. Instead of trying to add these upgrades, spend your money on high-value areas like the kitchen, main-level bathrooms and flooring, and outdoor landscape.


"If you live in a multi-level home, focus your remodeling efforts on the main level where the kitchen is."

3. Building an accent wall. Again, this upgrade may look nice, but it doesn’t necessarily increase the value of your home. 


4. Making any costly upgrades. This means replacing the furnace, water heater, air conditioner, etc. If these items are functioning properly, there’s no need to replace them. If they’re not working, it’s a no-brainer to replace them. 


Instead of spending money on these upgrades, focus on high-value areas I already mentioned such as the kitchen, main-level bathrooms and flooring, and outdoor landscape. Another high-value upgrade to consider is repainting the interior and exterior of the home. 


If you’d like to know more about how to sell for top dollar or there’s anything else I can help you with, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.

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