Lavish Lighting Fixtures
One common home improvement mistake is falling in love with unique or lavish light fixtures, said Alon Barzilay, founder of real estate development company Barzilay Development.
“Whether it be ceiling-mounted lights in a dining room or a hanging pendant, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you go to a lighting store… you’re going to pick something exciting and new instead of picking a new addition that suddenly matches the big picture,” Barzilay said.
Furthermore, the passage of trends works against homeowners. “Whatever is in vogue today will look dated 10 years down the road when you are ready to sell,” he added. “Simple is best. Fortunately, lighting can easily be switched out at a low cost.”
Too Much Wallpaper
With its patterns and texture, wallpaper can be an overwhelming design choice. Plus, it’s notoriously difficult to remove. Homebuyers might view wallpaper removal as a potential headache, and it could be the tipping point for someone who wants a more move-in ready home.
Fresh paint and neutral colors are always a good idea to help stage your home when it’s on the market. If you do have wallpaper, think about whether it’s beneficial to remove it and repaint the walls before any showings or open houses, so your potential buyers never have to think about it.
Texture on the Walls and Ceilings
Just like wallpaper, texture on walls and ceilings is difficult to remove. Simply knowing that a timely project lies ahead might cause homebuyers to decrease their offer.
Think twice before deciding on a fancy textured painting technique, and play around with textured wall décor instead.
Any over-personalized renovation can hurt the value of a home, especially something like tiling, which requires more effort and money to replace, according to Bob Gordon, Realtor and blogger at BoulderRealEstateNews.com.
“Many buyers like to upgrade the floors in their homes,” he said. “Adding tile or wood can make an improvement in value — unless you get that person that wants the 1950s diner look and installs black-and-white tile.
For their vision, this is the pinnacle of cool. But for a resale value, most homebuyers will see it as a distraction and something they will need to rip out.”
Instead, consider going with a traditional white tile floor, and buy a rug with the style you’re going for, he recommended.