You don't want to put hundreds of dollars into home improvement projects only to have them not offer you the value that they once first claimed. There are some home projects and renovations that simply cost more money than they're worth. Here are 8 DIY home projects that are not worth the money.
#1. Extravagant landscaping.
Yes, it may look pretty but to buyers it just looks like work. You can simply clean up the front yard, green up the grass, mow and trim, and get the same amount of curb appeal as spending thousands of dollars in expensive landscaping
#2. Professional-grade appliances.
Unless you happen to be selling your home to Gordon Ramsay, spending $10,000 on a six burner Viking range is not going to give you the same value as just a brand-new, nice stainless steel range.
#3. Major laundry room upgrades.
You want your laundry room to be as clean and neat as possible but by spending tons of money renovating the space, adding counters, sinks, and custom cabinets may just not be worth it.
#4. Hardwood floors.
And I'm talking about real hardwood floors that cost 2 to 3 times more than laminate's and per go that look exactly the same. Plus, these new laminate floors hold up to a lot more wear and tear than traditional hardwoods and most buyers don't care.
#5. High-end Windows.
Unless you have a window or two that have lost its seal, putting in all new windows can be really expensive and probably not worth fixing unless required with the home inspection.
#6. Upscale kitchen cabinets.
You can redo an entire kitchen with all the cabinets for less than $10,000 but you can also put $50,000 or more in the cabinets alone. If your existing cabinets are in reasonably good condition you might consider selling as is or just fixing a couple broken doors or damage shelves rather than replace everything.
#7. Bathroom tile.
Unless something is chipped or missing, redoing an entire bathroom in all new tile can be extremely expensive. Avoid elaborate mosaics and trendy designs and stick to clean, neutral, and simple.
#8. Elaborate lighting.
Replace any light fixtures or bulbs that don't work and maybe a fixture or two that dates your home back to the 1980s, but other than that, spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on updated lighting is really just not worth it.
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