8 Home Renovations That Can Decrease Your Home Value

Posted by Laine Smith on 4/23/16 10:00 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

The ability to personalize your home to meet your personal style and needs is a huge perk of homeownership, but when it comes to home renovations, not all boost home value. Certain home renovations, additions and amenities can devalue your abode.


High-End Kitchens & Bathrooms


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Think whirlpool tubs and chef-inspired appliances. While bathrooms and kitchens typically “sell” homes, luxury kitchens and bathrooms can be incompatible with other homebuyers’ ideas for usage of the space and the value of those added amenities.

If your bathroom or kitchen needs an update, it’s better to stick to more “minor” updates. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report, a minor kitchen remodel, which included new cabinet faces, hardware, wall oven, cooktop, laminate countertops, sink, faucet, and flooring, offered an average 83.1% return of investment. The major kitchen remodel only recouped 64.9 percent.

Swimming Pool


Pool parties, sunbathing – who wouldn’t love a pool? While having a pool in your backyard increases your entertainment status, a multitude of factors come into play when determining if a pool would increase your home value. According to House Logic, a pool can add value if you live in a higher-end neighborhood, are surrounded by neighbors with pools or live in a warm climate.

Even then, a pool doesn’t guarantee an increase of value or even a return of investment. Future homebuyers may envision safety hazards for their small children, ongoing (and expensive!) maintenance and higher home insurance costs.

Removing a Bedroom to Increase Your Master Suite


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While master suites are a top-list item for many homebuyers, it shouldn’t be created at the cost of removing another bedroom. Even if the room you plan to remove has limited square footage, you’ll be changing the comparable value of your home and reducing the span of homebuyers who may be interested in your home in the future, regardless of how big that master suite is.



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It’s making a comeback! Just don’t go overboard if you love this re-emerging trend. While new styles have made wallpaper ever-so-chic and it is removable, the idea may not resonate with future homebuyers (especially those who have tackled the time-consuming task of removal). If you must wallpaper, stick to small spaces or an accent wall.

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting


Expansive and newly installed carpeting used to be a big selling point in the real estate market, but even for future homebuyers who prefer carpeting, the color and texture is a personal preference.

If you’re thinking of selling in the near future and your carpeting is in moderate to good shape, a professional carpet cleaning can do wonders. 

Sunroom Addition


Sunrooms are like pools, if your home isn’t in a warm climate or a neighborhood in which every house has one, it can devalue your home. Angie’s List names a sunroom addition as one of the worst home improvements for sellers because it recoups less than 60 percent of the cost on average.

Regardless, outdoor living spaces are a major “do”, so if outdoor living is what you’re going for, consider investing in a deck addition which recoups 75 percent of its cost on average, according to Remodeling’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report.

Over-the-Top Landscaping


Curb appeal is a must for resale value, but landscaping that is time-consuming and investment-heavy can be a turn off for future buyers. While you may love the idea of a koi pond, water features, etc., it may turn away or lower the perceived value of buyers who see it as a looming headache.

Room Conversions


Whether you’re a movie buff, a fitness enthusiast or you work from home, converting a bedroom into a highly-personalized space like a theater, home gym or office, can devalue your home in the eyes of others. If you’re thinking of converting a bedroom into something more personalized, make sure the renovations you complete could be easily converted back into the room’s original purpose.

Home renovations are highly personal. While this list is meant to guide you through the values of certain home renovations, your home is meant to reflect your own needs and style. Just remember, a project that is valuable to you may not be to others down the road. Wondering what home renovations recoup the largest amount of their cost? Click here.

If you’re looking for financing for a major or minor home renovation, download our free Rehab & Construction Guide for your options on incorporating the costs of your project into your mortgage loan.

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