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3 Common Home Renovations That Can Be Risky Investments 

3 Common Home Renovations That Can Be Risky Investments 

As an experienced REALTOR & Listing Specialist, I’ve noticed a common thread among homeowners when its come to home renovations.


Here are the 3 biggest & most common home renovations that can be risky investments for sellers. 

1. Pools – when a seller tells me they have added a pool my immediate questions is “I hope that you at least enjoyed it?”  I ask this question because the reality is that the return on investment for a pool is low, and my hope is that they consider their enjoyment of the pool their return on investment.  Few buyers are indifferent to the idea of buying a home with a pool.  Because pools are expensive to install and maintain are considered by many to be a luxury. 

For that reason, many buyers are afraid of the cost of maintaining the pool and the increased costs of property insurance.  Others will not consider a home with a pool for fear of an accidental drowning.  When you do find a buyer, who would enjoy a pool, the premium they will pay for the pool will be a fraction of the cost to the seller.


2. New Windows – Whenever I talk to clients, I dread hearing the words “I replaced all my windows”.  I know that sellers of replacement window’s tell homeowners about the great return on investment the new windows have and promise them that a buyer will happily pay extra for them.  It’s simply not true. 

Home buyers won’t think twice about the windows unless they lose a seal, are cloudy or are cracked.   Buyers care that the windows let light in, keep the elements out and are in good repair.  


3. Major Kitchen Remodel – Kitchens truly are the heart of the home and can make or break a sale.  Home buyers look for great kitchens with lots of storage, solid surface counter tops and up to date appliances.  A remodeled kitchen may be a critical factor to a buyer deciding on a home but the return for the seller generally isn’t there.

The pros will tell you that most houses need to be updated every 7 to 10 years.  Therefore, if the other homes of similar age have updated kitchens buyers are unlikely to offer you a premium over the next home with an updated kitchen. Often times what a seller thinks is a major remodel is simply an update that brings the home up to par. 


Hopefully these tips will help you in deciding what renovations you should or should not do but more importantly will help you understand how these renovations will impact resale value. 






Terry Roberts


RE/MAX Landmark  


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