Invest In Home Improvement To Boost Your Home’s Value

When it comes to spending money on home improvements there are renovations that are done to boost a homes value while other remodeling projects are done only to bring more enjoyment.  In this installment on home improvement we will discuss ways to increase the value of your home.

  • Curb Appeal/Front Yard Makeover

So many updates can be done on the exterior of the home from major home improvements such as the installation of new siding or windows to smaller renovation such as the installation of new pavers to create a walkway or some colorful planters.  People do judge your home based on their first impression, so it is important to take pride in it, allow it to stand out from the others, and add some bright colors with the addition of flowers.

  • HVAC/Furnace Replacement

No one really thinks about furnaces or central air conditioners when considering ways to improve their homes but truly it is a great way to add value while offering new home buyers’ peace of mind upon seeing new systems in place.  There are several rebates on energy saving heating and cooling systems, not to mention the rebates and tax savings.  This is an improvement to consider making especially if you plan on being in the home for a while.

  • Adding Insulation

If your home doesn’t have enough insulation adding blow in insulation to the attic helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cold in the summer.  Adding in insulation to your homes attic can be relatively inexpensive while offering you energy savings.  Attic insulation and updating caulking around doors and windows can save you a bundle of cash over the course of a year.

  • Bring in The Light

An easy way to brighten up a space is with the addition of lighting.  The addition of recessed lighting with a dimmer switch is a great way to make a dramatic change without adding too much of a good thing.

  • Renovate Plumbing and Electrical

Improving the guts of your home is always a good investment.  If the home has rusty old iron pipes, then replace the plumbing.  New flexible tubing makes replacing plumbing easier than ever.  It is true that there is no reason to put money into a home when the mechanics are faulty.  New homeowners always fret at the scary thought that the electrical or plumbing needs updating.

Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.

Have You Finally Shipped The Last Kid Off To College?

6 Tips for Decorating the Empty Nest

It’s a good time to make your home fit your current needs

From new furniture to transforming rooms, there are several options for decorating and remodeling your home  now that the children are gone. However, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out where to start. Take a moment, look at the spaces you have available, and think about projects you may have put off for years. No doubt you will find inspiration and ideas to transform and revitalize your living space.

Here are six ideas to help you get started:

1. Invest in Finer Furniture

Children, no matter their age, have the tendency to damage furniture. Think juice spills, dirty shoes and horseplay, to name a few examples. Now you can buy furniture that won’t be ruined within a week of you bringing it home. In fact, consider custom furniture. It is a good way to ensure that your pieces will last a long time and remain attractive. You can impress guests — and even your children the next time they visit.

One perhaps ironic suggestion is to start with your bedroom. It’s possibly ironic because your bedroom might be one of the rooms your children didn’t spend much time in. Still, it’s unlikely you’ve decorated it exactly the way you’d want, and you spend a lot of time in there. Think about how the space where you sleep, dress and read could better meet your needs.

2. Install New Flooring or Carpeting

Even if your flooring is in decent shape, it may be worth updating. After all, putting down a different type of flooring can go a long way toward breathing new life into your home, and you no longer need to worry about getting certain types of child-friendly flooring or carpeting. Remember that marble, natural stone flooring or mosaic tile you always dreamed about installing? Now’s the time to do it.

3. Redo the Children’s Bedrooms

Another idea is to make over the children’s bedrooms, and you have several options here. For example, you can convert them into guest rooms, or keep some as guest rooms while switching others to something especially functional such as a gym, home office or sewing room. Or if you love spending hours curled up reading a book, you could design a library in one of the bedrooms.

At the very least, the rooms probably need to be repainted, and you can add your own decorative touches to the spaces.

4. Update or Increase Your Entertaining Space

Whether you prefer to invite large or small groups to your home, you now have the chance to rethink how you entertain. For instance, you could revamp a basement game room to include restored antique pool tables or turn it into a wine cellar. To add more entertaining space, consider adding barstools to your kitchen island or more guest seating for your deck or patio.

5. Remodel to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

It could be that you plan to sell your home soon or think you likely will a few years down the road. So, maybe you’d rather skip touches such as expensive flooring when you won’t get to enjoy the flooring for long.

In that case, if repairs are needed, such as patching the roof or installing a new furnace, this is a great chance to get them done. A buyer may agree to purchase your house without these changes, but you’ll probably make more money if you take care of these repairs on your own.

As for remodeling, if resale value is your priority, focus on kitchens and bathrooms before other rooms. Keep in mind that trends can change quickly, so it may be best to go with classic and timeless looks that will hold up well five, 10 or 20 years from now. For a bathroom, that could mean putting in bright white shades. You can use towels, shower curtains, decorations and plants to add vibrant color to a creamy white space.

6. Freshen Up the Outside

If you have a yard, it can hold many exciting possibilities. Some ideas to spruce up your yard include:

  • Adding a garden, or several
  • Selling a play set or treehouse
  • Installing a pond
  • Building a deck or screened porch
  • Purchasing deck or patio furniture
  • Starting your yard anew with bare dirt
  • Putting in a fountain
  • Decorating with string lights and other elegant touches
  • Laying down paved walkways

You could even build an outdoor kitchen complete with grills, sinks and more. Of course, there are fire safety issues to be conscious of, but this can be a great way to spice up your entertaining options.

Original Article: By Teresa Gish

Teresa Gish is the sales manager for Gish’s Furniture, a provider of custom, handcrafted wood furniture made by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen out of Lancaster, PA.


Preventing Roof Damage from Heat and Humidity

Your homes roof is under constant attach from several fronts.  If you are not careful you can end up with costly repairs that could have been avoided.  You may be surprised to know that wind and hail, normal weather elements that we associate with roof damage are not the biggest threats to your homes roof.  In fact, the two factors that can do far more extensive damage are heat and humidity.

It is wise to hire a roofing contractor to perform a yearly inspection on your homes roof.  This will help homeowners catch potential dangers in the homes attic and rafters before it becomes overwhelming and costly to repair.  Roofing contractors are experienced in seeking out damage that is caused from excessive heat and moisture build up.  If they find you are dealing with potential roof damage they can remedy the situation before you as a homeowner ends up with a costly repair.

Hidden Damage Caused by Heat

While roof vents are installed to help prevent damage caused by the buildup of excessive heat if the vents do not work properly you could end up with the rafters, decking material, and roof joists damage caused by expansion due to the heat. The sun can also cause damage to the flashing whether it is made or metal or plastic, this could lead to moisture getting in. The heat can also cause the shingles on your house to shrink and this could lead to the nails to pop and this will allow more moisture to get.

Hidden Damage Caused by Excessive Moisture

Moisture that can penetrate your roof and getting into the attic space can end up doing a surprising amount of damage to your home. Unless you are someone who goes up into the attic frequently, it may be quite some time before you are able to discover the problem. There are two major issues that can be caused by excessive moisture: mold and condensation.

Mold Damage

When moisture gets into your attic space from under your roof the damage could remain hidden for many years. The excessive moisture can easily cause mold to begin growing on the all the wood and sheetrock where ever it can get in. Depending on how long it takes to find the damage it could end up causing extensive damage to your home before you have any idea.

Excessive Condensation

Damage caused by condensation is generally is thought to come from bathroom vents that have allowed the warm, moist air to get into the attic area. It can also come from leaking dryer venting system that allows the warm air to also enter the attic. If you have noticed any mold growth you would want to eliminate the mold and then add additional insulation.

Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.

The Importance Of Communication During Home Remodeling

Angie’s List: Remodeling Communication

Communication is always important in any relationship but even more so when going through a big life change.  Taking on a massive home remodel is one of those big life changes that can test even the best relationship.  We look at how one couple maintained harmony during their renovation in today’s Angie’s List report.

Arthur and Khristina Haan wanted a project that they could do together, so the couple purchased a total gut job, envisioning a dream home that would incorporate each of their personalities.

Arthur Haan, Homeowner, “This home was completely gutted to the studs and had no interior to it at all. Prior owner had started a project, ran out of money and that was when the builder picked it up.”

The couple was excited to take on such a massive project, but also found themselves overwhelmed at times. They learned that you have to trust your partner and share the privilege and burden that is decision-making.

Arthur Haan, Homeowner, “The great thing about a custom home is you can have anything you want, but the worst part of it is there are a lot of choices. So, we had a variety of people we leaned on to kind help us, guide us in directions.”

Khristina Haan, Homeowner, “You have to have patience and you have to be flexible. Like I said, the stone on the fireplace was not the original stone; that was a flexibility thing. The stairwell, that was not the original plan for the stairwell, so you have to be able to budge and not be so locked in to a certain design element or feature that you want and be open to other ideas.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder, “When undertaking a massive home remodel, communication between your spouse is actually one of the most important things to get the house you want and to keep harmony.”

Khristina Haan, Homeowner, “You just kind of have to do what you can, know your limit and then know to pass it to your partner who you’re doing the project with and have faith that they’re going to do something you’ll like. That’s kind of how it was, back and forth.”

The couple got their project under contract in January and was moving in by late June. The best advice they could give to anyone wanting to do a remodel of this size is to make sure you have a builder and contractors who are highly reputable and have experience with these projects.

Angie says good hiring starts with a three-step process: get at least three written estimates; check references and credentials; and negotiate a contract that ties payment to progress. Never hire based solely on an advertisement or recommendation and don’t pay too much too soon.

By: Dana Winklepleck 

Posted: Aug 07, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

Updated: Aug 07, 2018 07:25 PM EDT

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Choosing Shingles that Coordinate with Your Siding

You may be tempted not to worry about whether your shingles match the color of your siding, but since your home’s roof can account for approximately forty percent of the exterior of your home, you may want to change your way of thinking.

One of the first things that you will want to consider is the climate of where you live.  If you have warm temperatures throughout the year, or most of the year, you may want to choose lighter colored shingles, as they will not absorb as much of the sun’s rays.  However, if you live in a cooler climate, a darker roof can absorb some of the heat from the sun and make your home warmer.

Of course, since you cannot just choose a light or dark color without consulting your shingles, your next step is to find a color that coordinates with the sides of your home. Siding that is light gray is best matched with shingles that are a combination of light and dark gray hues.  Although, you can also choose shingles that are completely gray, black, blue, white, or green for the same upscale look.

Cream or beige colored siding normally works best with shingles that are solid black, green, gray, brown, or blue, but you can choose a color blend as well for additional visual appeal.  Brown siding needs shingles that are green, gray, black, or brown, while white siding can have shingles of any color matching beautifully.

The color that you choose for your shingles should also match the architectural style of your home, which means that you don’t always want the colors of everything matching nicely.  The result in those cases are always boring and bland, which is not what you want for the exterior of your home and your curb appeal.

It is possible to acquire shingle samples from roofing contractors to test out at different times of the day, so that you can see what they look like as the daylight and the sun moves across your roof and the exterior elements of your home.

One of the last things that you will want to do before making your final decision is take the roofs of your neighbors into consideration.  While you may want your home to stand out a little from your neighbors, you don’t want to go too wild, as your home may seem slightly out of place.  An unusual roof color can also affect the resale of your home in the future.

If you are still slightly confused by all this, do not worry.  A professional roofer can help you choose the best color for your shingles, so that your home’s curb appeal improves immensely.

Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all of Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.

5 hot summer home improvements

Summer is here, and there’s no better time than now to tackle those much-needed home improvements. A remodeling project may be just what you need not only to add long-term value to your home, but also to live out your summers in style for years to come.

Here are five home improvement projects that will make your home the hit of the season:

Add a deck

A new deck or patio provides the perfect outdoor space for BBQs, parties and more — not to mention the perfect backdrop for relaxing and soaking up the sun throughout the summer. One of the hottest trends in home improvement, a new deck not only enhances your home’s value, but it also opens up your property in ways you never thought possible.

Upgrade your air conditioning

Does the heat of summer push your utility bills through the roof? If so, it may be time to consider an upgrade to your home’s air conditioning (A/C). Updating to high-efficiency A/C can help take a major bite out of your home’s energy costs — and it can immediately and dramatically improve the comfort and appeal of your home’s interior. There are many A/C replacement and upgrade options available to homeowners, so be sure to do your research before committing to a new system.

Replace your siding

Warmer days provide a great opportunity to refresh and revitalize your home’s exterior. Replacing your home’s siding can do just that, enhancing your home’s appearance while providing a new level of durability and value that will last for years down the road.

As you sift through your home siding options, look to your local area for clues to determine which choice is right for you. Styles vary by local climate, region and neighborhood, making it important to consider a number of factors before starting on your project. Understanding what works best in your area can help you determine the siding material and solution that best fits your needs.

Replace your roofing

Replacing your roof is one of the best things you can do to enhance the quality, value and durability of your home. A new roof renews your home’s ability to withstand the elements no matter where you live, providing you with a sense of security and peace of mind few other home improvements can offer.

There are a variety of roofing materials available, and each comes with a unique level of dependability, durability and cost. The typical roof will last 20 years or more. So, from asphalt and tile to slate and metal, it’s important to know and carefully weigh your options.

Improve your landscaping

Summertime is the perfect time to improve a lackluster landscape. A few key updates to your outdoor space can have a lasting impact on your home’s value, curb appeal and enjoyment, providing you a scenic display you can take pride in well into the future. Whether it’s adding a flower garden, installing a new fountain or re-sodding the entire backyard, a local landscaping professional can help you conceptualize and realize your vision for a more beautiful outdoor setting.

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How Do I Know When My Homes Windows Need to Be Replaced?

The windows in your home allow you to keep cold or extremely hot air out or let fresh air inside when there is a nice breeze flowing.  You may not give your windows much thought, especially if you can still open and close them with ease, but you may want to look at them carefully to see if they need to be replaced.

Here are 5 clues that you need to replace the windows in your home:

  1. Your Windows Will Not Open or They Frequently Get Stuck

When you begin to struggle opening or closing your windows, it is time to consider calling a window contractor to have your windows replaced.  The foundation of your home may have shifted, causing your windows to become wedged in place, or the frame may have deteriorated to the point where it will not allow the window to move up and down any longer.

  1. Your Energy Bills Are Rising

You may want to consider a home improvement or two when you notice a cold draft coming in through your windows during the winter months or you notice that your energy bills are much higher than they have ever been.  Old windows with only one pane do not do a good job of keeping outside air out, which is why you may want to hire a window contractor to replace all your windows with a more energy efficient option.

  1. The Window Frame is Cracking or Rotting Away

Any noticeable cracking or rotting of your window frame signals that your windows need to be replaced sooner than later.  If you do not replace them, you may find that you are dealing with additional structural damage to your home, which could have been easily avoided.

  1. Your Window Pane is Cracked

A cracked window pane can mean that your window or windows need to be replaced.  While you can have a new window pane installed, the chances that a window contractor can find the exact same type of window pane is slim, especially if you have older windows.

  1. You are Updating Your Home

Home improvement projects encompass numerous items around your house.  While you can do home improvements like replacing your siding or roof without replacing your windows, you may want to consider doing them all at once.  After all, you will already have easy access to your windows when your siding is off, and that will make it simpler for a window contractor to replace them in a short amount of time.  Plus, once everything is completed, your home will look amazing.

You don’t need to wait until it is too late to replace the windows in your home.  Catching these small clues right away will ensure that you can hire a window contractor to get your windows in working order sooner, so that you do not need to be uncomfortable inside your own home.

Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all of Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.

Reasons to replace your siding!

The exterior of your home is extremely important.  Not only is it one of the first things people notice about your home, it is also one of the first lines of defense against each of the 4 seasons we experience here in northwest Ohio.  Aging siding not only becomes an eyesore, but it begins to allow the elements to slowly make their way into the depths of your home.  The good news is that replacing your siding allows you to increase curb appeal, increase energy efficiency, and repair any hidden structural damage.

  • Increase Curb Appeal

Aging siding often becomes an eyesore that effects the curb appeal, value, and efficiency of your home.

As siding ages, it also often fades to a less vibrant color than it originally was, and begins to retain a generally dirty appearance that is very difficult to keep clean.  This doesn’t necessarily indicate that it was neglected, but is something that naturally happens to all homes.  New siding comes in a variety of colors, profiles, and textures.  This means that when replacing your siding, it is a great time to change the color and add some architectural details to your home!  Often we use this time to wrap the exterior of wooden windows with aluminum cladding to help prevent the need for future painting and add some extra detail to the look of your windows.  Contact us to discuss more ways we can help you add to the fresh look of your home including shutters and gutters as well!

  • Repair Hidden Structural Damage

Aging siding allowed water to leak around a window, causing structural damage.

Aging siding can often allow rainwater to leak around windows of your home, potentially causing structural damage to your home.  Sometimes the signs of this damage become easily noticeable, possibly even seeing actual water along the sill (bottom) of the window.   Unfortunately, sometimes the structural damage isn’t so obvious, instead it may slowly show up as a crack in the drywall or almost unnoticeable without removing the siding or drywall to find the damage.  Structural damage can range from delaminating plywood, deteriorated studs or floor framing.  When replacing your siding, often we can repair any structural damage from the outside without disturbing the interior of your home.  Repairing the structural damage early will help ensure you don’t encounter more costly repairs later.  Many times when repairing these issues with siding, they aren’t horribly expensive, though it is important to note that it’s often not noticeable before removing the siding, so it can be an added cost.

  • Increase Energy Efficiency

Adding house wrap can help keep winter winds and spring rains out of your home.

Some upgrades to consider when replacing the siding on your home include adding insulation to your exterior walls (and ceiling if desired!).  Sometimes homes that were built when insulation was expensive and fuel was cheap lack any wall insulation at all.  When the exterior siding is removed it becomes an excellent time to consider adding insulation to the wall cavities with blown in insulation.  For homes that already have insulation but would like to add more, adding rigid foam insulation can help you add up to an R-10 insulating value.  (R values indicate the level of efficiency the insulation adds, the higher the value the better!).

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Creating the Perfect Porch

For many homes, the porch is one of the most overlooked of all spaces.  One of the main reasons for this is because most people don’t really take the time to spend outside on the porch. Unless you are lucky to have one that is already fully finished, chances are you probably have not spent much time enjoying yours. However, it does not have to stay that way and depending on your situation this could be a great time to begin considering porch improvements that allow you to enjoy it.


In this article we will give you some ideas and suggestions on creating a porch that you want to make time to enjoy.  As always remember to do your research when you are considering a residential contractor especially when it comes to exterior home improvements that affect the curb appeal of your home.


10 Unique ideas for transforming your porch


Create an area of transition

Remember the porch is part of the entry of your home and therefore you should consider the porch as a transition from the outside to the inside of your home.  The spaces should flow and offer a natural transition between the interior and exterior.


Use it to let the light in

Be sure to add extra large windows to allow more light to shine into your home from the porch. Having temporary sun blocking helps for the times that you are sitting out however letting the natural sunlight in to the home when the porch is not in use is important as well.


Consider adding a fireplace

Living in an area that gets cooler at times, you may want to consider having a fireplace put in on the porch to add a little extra comfort. There are a number of different fireplace options to choose from, you are likely to fire something that fits.


Establish a plan before getting started

Before a professional contractor gets started with any changes or serious remodeling be sure that all of your plans are put down on paper so that there is a visual of what the outcome will look like.


A back porch extends your living space

As the front porch welcomes you into a home, a back porch is seen as an extension of interior and you should treat it as such when considering your remodeling plans. A screened in back porch is even better as it helps prevent insect attacks.


Be sure that your porch idea fits in with the exterior of your house

When planning the porch take into consideration the rest of the exterior of the house as not to change it too much. Porch spaces should be a natural extension of the interior of your home.


Go a little crazy with a back porch

Depending on the location of your home, you might consider how a back porch would fit with the outside of the back of your home. Consider adding extra lighting, color, and seating.  Make the space comfortable, cozy, and inviting for friends to enjoy.


Front porches should be welcoming

Since the porch is at the front of your home and is where your front entry door is, your porch should be designed in a way that is welcoming to everyone who arrives. Curb appeal is everything when it comes to home ownership!


Use the space wisely

Unless you are considering a major remodel and adding extra square footage to the porch space, you want to be sure that you consider the space limitation with all of your plans.


The devil is in the details

When finishing up the decor of your porch, be sure that you pay close attention to the details. Adding in small finishing touches can add a big punch in the overall design.


Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all of Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.


Common Mistakes That Destroy Your Home’s Value

Making the right decisions for your home is paramount to its resale value. Inevitably, personal taste has a way of wriggling its way in, which can cause the value of the house to plummet. On the other hand, there are outside forces completely out of your control that can also wreak havoc when it comes to putting your home up for sale. If your goal is to get the most bang for your home investment buck, avoid making these common mistakes that will destroy your home’s value.

1. Not treating those carpet stains

person cleaning a carpet

No one wants to buy a home with a dirty, stained carpet. | iStock/Getty Images

First impressions are everything, especially when potential buyers step foot into your home. Believe that those carpet stains that you have grown accustomed to seeing will stand out like a sore thumb. Typically, an interested buyer will demand that some kind of allowance be provided to replace the carpet or the seller come down on the asking price. In order to avoid this predicament, actively work to remove stains as soon as they happen. This way, you’ll prevent them from setting.

Next: Tile grout

2. Ignoring tile grout

Cleaning shower or bathroom grout with a scrub brush

Cleaning grout is no fun, but it’s important. | Eike Leppert/iStock/Getty Images

Easily one of the most time-consuming household chores is cleaning and scrubbing tile grout. Nevertheless, it is a necessity if you plan on listing your home for sale. On its own, grout is porous, soaking up whatever comes its way. In the kitchen, grease can become embedded, sometimes discoloring it permanently. In the bathroom, the humidity can latch on to the grout, creating visible mildew and mold that becomes nearly impossible to reverse. Stay diligent to clean it as often as possible.

Next: HVAC system

3. Forgetting to pamper your HVAC system

This picture shows an AC heat pump unit outside of a home.

Don’t neglect your HVAC system. | iStock/Getty Images

Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, better known as the HVAC system, is directly linked to the cost of its monthly utilities. And while many homeowners are vigilant when it comes to the upkeep of the system, others tend to neglect it altogether. Regularly cleaning the system helps to keep utility bills lower, which is a very important piece of the home buying puzzle. Potential buyers do not want to sign up for a home that has a history of high utility bills.

Next: Cleaning habits 

4. Using harsh cleaners on countertops

Cleaning counter

Keep your high-end countertops in good shape. | iStock/Getty Images

If you splurged on granite, quartz, or marble countertops when you remodeled your kitchen,  you immediately increased your home’s resale value. Good on you. Make sure that you don’t reverse those money-making endeavors by lazily cleaning them. Vinegar-based cleaners will wreak havoc on natural countertops, eventually causing them to become dull and pitted. Stick to store-bought cleaners or do your research before concocting something on your own.

Next: Wood paneling

5. Failing to remove the wood paneling

Square wall light on brown wood paneling

Wood paneling immediately dates your home. | Tods0859/iStock/Getty Images

During the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, wood paneling was all the rage, even though the jury is still out on why. Regardless, it has to come down if you want to increase your home’s resale value, even if it’s only located only in the basement. A potential buyer will be far more interested in the idea of purchasing the house if they do not have to remove the paneling themselves.

Next: Curb appeal 

6. Forgetting about the importance of curb appeal

Beautiful villa

Don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal. | Hikesterson/iStock/Getty Images

How is the curb appeal of your home? Has the grass been freshly mowed, the flower beds weeded, and leaves raked from the ground? How about a fresh coat of exterior paint? Every aspect of your home’s curb appeal is crucial. Sure, if you are listing the home for a screaming deal, a buyer may be willing to put in some elbow grease for a fixer-upper. But if you put that elbow grease in yourself, you’ll be able to list the home for thousands more.

Next: Koi ponds

7. Installing that koi pond

Colored koi carp in the national Japanese park. Himeji, Japan

Chances are, the new homeowners won’t want to maintain your koi pond | Sergdid/iStock/Getty Images

Koi ponds, along with other decorate fountains and water features, offer a sense of relaxation for some homeowners. For others, they can be a very time-consuming and unnecessary feature to maintain. If you feel strongly about keeping the koi pond intact throughout the selling process, by, all means make sure that it is extremely clean and not chock full of algae.

Next: Bright paint colors 

8. Wildly bright paint colors

Bedroom with purple bed, walls and lamps

Crazy paint colors can be a big turnoff. | archideaphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Homeowners understandably want to get creative with the paint colors, slathering the walls in the brightest paint colors they can get their hands on. Here’s the thing: Those dense colors come across as overwhelming to potential buyers. While you may see sunshine and rainbows, the buyer sees days and days of priming and repainting each room. Consider repainting with more neutral, soothing colors before putting up the for sale sign.

Next: Remodels 

9. Getting carried away with the bathroom and kitchen remodel

Marble countertop

Over-the-top remodels can actually make it harder to sell your home for the price you want. | hikesterson/getty Images

Don’t get me wrong, freshly remodeled kitchens and bathrooms will almost always increase the selling price of your home, but when it comes to the return on investment, you’re unlikely to reap what you sowed. For 2018, homeowners average around $62,000 for a kitchen remodel, but only manage to pocket around $40,000 when it comes to resale value. The same rules apply to bathroom remodels. Instead of going all out, go for a middle-of-the-road remodel.

Next: Closets

10. Not enough closets

Full closet

Whatever you do, keep the closets | ronstik/Getty Images

Homeowners get wild hairs when it comes to remodeling a room, albeit a bathroom or an extension of a master suite. A good rule of thumb, though, is to keep the closets at all costs. Michele Silverman Bedell told MarketWatch that not only does removing closets damage a home’s value but that “People need closets. They’ll walk in and count the number of closets per room.” Keep the closets.

Next: Garage conversions

11. Garage conversions

Two wooden car garage

Losing the garage space will make your home less appealing to some buyers. | Marcin Leszczuk/iStock/Getty Images

A well-organized garage is a welcomed upgrade to nearly every potential buyer, but a garage-turned-gym conversion does not appeal to the masses. For the most part, people are just wanting to use a garage exactly how it was designed to be used — parking the car and storing items. If you are considering any sort of garage remodel, do so with the intention of creating usable, organized storage solutions for the next owner.

Next: Pools and hot tubs 

12. Swimming pools and hot tubs

Oval swimming pool in garden

Swimming pools are fun, but they are costly to maintain. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images

If you are grappling with the idea of installing a swimming pool or purchasing a hot tub, think long and hard about that decision. Pools are crazy expensive to install, so the return on investment is lacking. But the real kicker is that potential buyers view pools as a big hassle when it comes to the upkeep. Plus, many parents with very small children view pools as hazardous. Similar rules apply for hot tubs — they are pricey and take a lot of energy to maintain.

Next: Landscaping 

13. Over the top landscaping

Beautiful curb appeal of American house with stone trim

High-end landscaping translates into high-end maintenance. | irina88w/iStock/Getty Images

Everyone can agree that tasteful landscaping is a welcomed treat when searching for a home to buy. It’s the outlandish and lavish landscaping that is less appealing. Why? Well, high-end landscaping translates to high-maintenance, and most homeowners simply do not have time for all of that. Theodore Beasley of Landscaping London explains it well:

Costly landscaping decoration will not increase the value of your home, but rather increase the maintenance required for it. A potential buyer sees this, and it might turn into a concern. Fancy decorative additions that you find attractive are pretty much subjective, as well — including your personal DIY projects.

Next: Unpermitted upgrades 

14. Unpermitted additions and upgrades

Enclosed sunroom

An unpermitted addition is a huge headache for buyers.  | iStock/Getty Images

Transforming your basement into a revenue-producing rental unit is brilliant, however, doing so without proper permitting can create big issues when you choose to sell. An appraisal can turn sour if a permit was not involved, which can translate to difficulties receiving financing for a purchase.

Next: Crappy neighbors 

15. Crappy neighbors

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Unfortunately, you don’t have control over your neighbors.  | Swarmcatcher/iStock/Getty Images

Completely out of a seller’s control, yet still detrimental to a home’s value, is a bad neighbor. For instance, if a potential buyer arrives to walk through the home and is greeted by unsightly noises and behavior from the next door neighbor, it could be a reason to pull the plug. Furthermore, any registered sex offender living in the general vicinity can also put the kibosh on your home’s value.

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Original Date: July 7 2018

Written by: Trisha Phillips