Kitchen and bath renovation is often the first choice for homeowners who want to increase their home's value before selling. Unfortunately, there are a lot of costly upgrades that may actually lower your house's value, making you lose out on money now and after a sale.
There are plenty of ways you can touch-up your kitchen and bathroom to make your home feel brand-new, but avoid these upgrades that can cause your home’s value to plummet:
If you aren't careful, new tiles on a bathroom wall can cause damage to your pipes and result in leaks that cause thousands of dollars in water damage. Bathroom remodels are time-consuming and must be handled with meticulous care; if you don't have to spend thousands in upgrading your walls, don't bother. Save the money and invest it something that buyers always go for like new hardwood floors or ENERGY STAR appliances.
Blocking your sink, stove and other main appliances with a poor layout can be disastrous. Not only is a bad layout difficult to maneuver, but your plumber and electricians could have a difficult time reaching important areas during an inspection or emergency repair.
The more jets and showerheads you have, the higher the cost to run. Luxury comes with a hefty price tag, and no one wants to face paying hundreds of dollars just to take a shower. If you want to upgrade your bathroom, look for a water-conserving showerhead that will actually save money and conserve energy.
You don't need to replicate the Roman Baths in your home to wow buyers; save yourself money and expensive renovation costs by forgoing any major tub upgrades and sticking to the basics. If you want to buy a new bathtub, make sure that you have a professional plumber install it and come in ahead of time to advise you on the best fit for your space.
Kitchen ducts should be non-combustible and fire-resistant. Flex ducts are plastic covered with metal that are against many city codes and pose a major fire hazard; have a professional check your kitchen and make sure that your home isn't violating any major codes or putting people's health at risk with faulty upgrades and poor installation.