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10 Home Improvements the Lower Property Value

10 Home Improvements that Lower Property Value

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If you put time, effort and money into a home improvement, you want it to actually add value. This isn’t always the case, there are plenty of mistakes to make when renovating your home. We’ve written previously about extensions that boost value, now it’s time to look at those to avoid. These are the 10 home improvements that lower property value.

10. Built-In Aquariums

A built-in aquarium can be a genuinely stylish addition to any home. It becomes a true statement piece and talking point. Unfortunately, it also requires a serious amount of maintenance. The upkeep of an aquarium is time consuming and costly. Many homebuyers will be put off the responsibility that comes with an aquarium. It’s also pretty difficult and expensive to remove.

9. Swimming Pools

Many people believe swimming pools add value to a home. This isn’t necessarily the case. Unless you live somewhere particularly sunny, swimming pools go unused for the majority of the year. In the time they’re unused, they become a burden. The effort and costs involved in maintenance can put-off many homebuyers.

Swimming Pool - Home Improvements that Reduce Value

8. Over-Personalised Interior Design

Your tastes are unique to you. That’s not an issue until the moment you come to sell your home. If you’ve invested in any quirky interior designs, it could become an obstacle when moving home. Bold colour schemes, unique tiling and over-the-top wallpaper can all dissuade potential homebuyers. If you’re considering selling in the near future, keep decor simple and adaptable.

7. In-Season Décor/Furniture

When flicking through the latest interior design catalogues, it can be tempting to follow all the latest trends. The issue is, your home isn’t clothing that can be discarded when it goes out of style. Makeovers are expensive. If you design your home in a contemporary ‘in-season’ style, it’s likely to look outdated in a year or so.

Interior Design - Home Improvements that Lower Value

6. Large Trees

There’s no denying it, trees can add a special touch to any garden. Unfortunately, nature dictates that most large trees lose their leaves every Autumn. This can make gardens look very messy, it can also clog up guttering. Before planting any trees in your garden, consider the effect it could have on the valuation.

Garden Tree - Improvements that Lower Value

5. Removing Wardrobes

Some homeowners renovate purely to boost property value. This can be a clever approach though there are some common pitfalls to avoid. Removing wardrobe space to make room for an extra bathroom is often one of these. One of the most common items on a home-viewer’s checklist is the amount of wardrobe/storage space.

4. Landscape Garden Designs

Landscape gardening is an appealing addition to your home. It’s certainly aesthetically pleasing. However, it also requires a high level of maintenance. Not every homebuyer can commit to the responsibility. This can be seen as a doubt which ultimately reduces value. Our advice would be to ensure gardens are well groomed but simple and easily maintained.

Landscape Garden - Improvements that Lower Value

3. Garage Conversions

A garage conversion can take many forms; from home gym to additional bedroom or even wine cellar. This may be a great use of space for your household but not necessarily for another. If you make any conversions to your garage, don’t make them personal. Off-street parking is a huge selling point for homes.

2. Bedroom Extensions / Home Office Conversions

It’s a simple fact; the number of bedrooms your property has, the more it’ll be worth. When renovating, some owners make the mistake of knocking down walls to double the size of a bedroom. This may make your current living situation a little more comfortable but it will have a negative effect on the house’s valuation. Even small bedrooms boost the amount your property is worth. If you’re converting a bedroom into an office, don’t make the switch permanent. An additional bedroom is worth more than an office.

1. Shoddy DIY

If you’re not an expert, give real and genuine consideration to the job you’re about to work on. A shoddy display of DIY from a have-a-go-hero could leave a huge dent in your home’s market value. Your poor craftsmanship could stand out like a sore thumb when prospective buyers come to view your property.

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Interior Design Faux Pas & How to Avoid Them

Interior Design Faux Pas & How to Avoid Them

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Okay we get it, interior design is tough. In fact, it can seem like an entirely different language to some. You’ve got grand ideas about how you’d like to style your house but you’ve no idea whether it’ll actually look any good. This is where we step in. Here’s a list of key interior design faux pas and how you can easily avoid them. Now you can feel confident in your design plans.

A Theme Too Far

So there’s lots of talk about the importance of themes. Themes are great and can really add personality to a room. Having said this, it can also make a room look cheap and tacky. If you’re going after a theme, keep it simple. Pick two or three key aspects of the room to adhere to it. Less is more – keep it subtle.

Too Many Matching Patterns

Similar to the above point about themes, matching patterns are great but look terrible if overdone. Don’t buy furnishings which are all the same colour/pattern. Throw in some neutral tones and contrasting pieces to make the room really shine.

The Magazine Room

So you’ve seen a room in a magazine, it looks stylish and elegant. You copy it and make it a reality. It’s not quite the same though is it? You can invest lots of time and money into decorating just to find that what looks good on paper doesn’t look good in real life.

Neglecting Storage Space

One of the biggest problems encountered by those overthinking interior design is neglecting storage space. A perfectly presented room is great but if there’s no space for the book or DVD collection, it’s not going to stay that way. Don’t forget that you actually have to live in this house.

Keeping Away from Colour

Okay, we understand that a neutral tone is a nice and safe solution for decorating. However it is basically the shoulder shrug of décor. It lacks personality and charisma. If you’re nervous about using colour on the rooms of your house, try a feature wall to start with.

Clutter Be Gone!

You might be a secret hoarder but clutter is one of the worst things for a room. If you must show off your collections, try using a cabinet or picture boxes for this. For all you cushion lovers, this goes for the sofa too – going overboard just looks bad.

Poor Lighting

Lighting is just as important as the furnishings. No matter how great your room looks, it’s nothing if the lighting is poor. Lighting should be both functional and complementary to décor – you don’t need to settle for one and not the other.

On-Trend Items

Interior design magazines and blogs are awash with on-trend furniture which are this season’s ‘must-haves’. Before you run out to get these, remember the trend will soon die and your furniture will be outdated and a little clichéd. We’d highly recommend opting for something timeless that’s not going to lose its appeal anytime soon.

Fake Flowers/Plants

This is just a big no! Fake flowers never look as good as the real thing. They’re also a magnet for dust and often fade quickly. An eyesore like this detracts attention from the hard work you’ve put into the room. If you’re unable to keep topped up with fresh flowers, a small plant is the perfect answer.

So there you have it, go for your interior design ambitions. If you avoid these interior design traps, you’ll be on your way to a stylish new home. If you’re moving home, find out more about your new area with a Property Detective report. Simply enter your postcode and find out about the latest crime rates, schools, amenities, noise pollution, flight paths and much more.