Worst Renovation Mistakes - Part 2

1. Colour schemes that are at the extreme side of individual taste need to be changed. Psychedelic walls in the bedroom may bring back memories of when you were younger and the children may love the little mermaid style bathroom, but it's not going to be to everyone's taste and can be quite off-putting to a potential buyer. Be sure to pick a neutral theme, and stick with simple modifications that people can easily adjust and modify themselves when they purchase your home. What you need to keep in mind at all times is that first impressions is potentially the difference between selling your home or not.

2. If you have a yard, whether it is at the front of the property, back or both, make sure it is clean, tidy and in a decent state of repair, otherwise the value of your home could drop. Any potential buyer is going to see that they will have to spend time and money sorting it out if left unattended; so make sure those holes your dogs and children dug and rubbish left lying around are dealt with before you try and sell your home.

3. Many of us ignore something like a leaky tap until it becomes a problem; remember any plumbing problems need to be dealt with immediately. They can range anywhere from a leaky faucet to a leaky pipe. Out of all the tips given this is definitely one of the most important ones, never neglect faulty plumbing. This can result in mold in the home which can make a home virtually unsaleable.

4. The location of your home is important, unhappily you can't sort this. As a British Columbia real estate professional, my listings are usually in nice surrounding. Potential buyers say the location of a home to be one of the most important elements when purchasing. Things such as reputable schools, a quiet environment, and close proximity to shopping and public transit are what people usually look for. Did you hear about the situation of the odd and even numbered homes in one neighbourhood seeing a massive difference in the value of their homes? There was a simple justification for this difference. The homes with even numbers were worth 10% more than the odd numbered properties, as the odd numbered homes backed onto a highway and unattractive utility lines.

5. Bathroom/kitchen carpets: Carpets in your kitchen and bathroom may feel good for your feet, but they often to soak up moisture and fumes and are more awkward to keep clean, leading to damp, mouldy floors that are not likely to appeal. Bits of food often fall onto a kitchen floor, which can cause stains and make it laborious to keep clean, so put down flooring such as a wood floor or tiles to keep these rooms looking good and hygienic.

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