bad home improvements

When you’re deciding on a major home improvement project, consider the potential impact on the value of your home when the times come to sell. Some projects yield a high return on investment; others not so much. Here is a rundown of home improvements that tend NOT to be good investments. When you’re deciding on a major home improvement project, consider the potential impact on the value of your home when the times come to sell. Some projects yield a high return on investment; others not so much. Here is a rundown of home improvements that tend NOT to be good investments.

1. Pools

In-ground pools can cost $20,000 to $60,000 but don’t do much for a home’s value. In fact, some prospective buyer are turned off by pools because of the hight maintenance and insurance costs.

2. Home Offices

Building a home office can cost as much as $20,000, but you will only get about half of the back at resale.

3. Sunrooms

With an average return on investment of less than 60%, you’re better off investing in a deck that is less expensive and can give you a higher return.

4. Master Suites

Unless you plan on living in your home for many years to come, investing in a master suit upgrade is an easy way to lose up to 40% of your investment. Instead, focus on remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, which both bring a high return on investment. 

5. Garages

Adding more garage space is expensive, and it can turn off potential buyers who don’t need the extra room. The average garage addition brings a 60% return on investment. 

Limit project to 20% of your home value.

Better options:

Steel Front Door - 129% Return On Investment

Kitchen Remodel - 85% 

Turning Attic into a Bedroom - 83%

Deck - 80%

New Siding - 80%

Window Replacement - 77%