20 Disastrous DIY Decisions That’ll Knock Thousands Off The Value Of Your Home

So, you’re ready to upgrade your starter home for a family abode you’ve seen listed on Zillow. And you need to get your current place market-ready to achieve its ceiling price. You have seen a few seasons of Love It or List It and know just what to do. But wait: it turns out that many property renovation ideas may actually devalue the price! So, from building swimming pools to installing home offices, let’s discover which things you should avoid when trying to increase your house’s value.

20. Bold Is Not Always Beautiful

Picture the scene: you’ve spent years refining your own unique style on the house. That bold and colorful wall in the lounge helps you switch off after a long day in your characterless cubicle at work. Sure, you like it, and so does your partner. Though take a step back and ask yourself: would a potential buyer feel the same?

Style Is Subjective

Housing expert Thomas Goodman knows a thing or two about a home’s value. He told the website Love Property in February 2021, “A bright yellow wall in the kitchen could be comforting for you, but it might portray your room in a different light to others.” When it comes to selling your home, neutral tones will have a wider appeal.

19. DIY Dangers

We all know that there are countless YouTube videos available that offer tips on everything from how to paint a room to fixing an electrical outlet. And no doubt some of us come away from watching them thinking that we can tackle anything! Yet we often bite off more than we can chew. So, don't be afraid to call in trained professionals in those instances where the DIY job is a little beyond your expertise.

Professional Work Is Worth It

“Professional work is second to none in quality, when buyers step into your home and agents do a valuation, they will take note of details,” Goodman told Love Property. He added, “Your DIY tiling job might look appealing to you, but amateur work doesn’t have the same finish.” Be realistic and identify when you may be out of your depth – especially with jobs that pose safety risks like electrics and plumbing.