As home improvement experts, we know all too well what a great benefit it is to enhance your home with a new upgrade from time to time. However, that doesn’t mean every home improvement is worth the time and money you’ll have to invest. The key is to make smart upgrades that will give you the maximum benefit now and a great return when you’re ready to sell.

In the article 6 Tempting Upgrades That Smart Homeowners Avoid, home furnishings expert Donna Boyle Schwartz warns homeowners against making the following costly home upgrades:

  1. Master Suite Addition—You can only expect to recoup about half of what you pay for this upgrade when you sell.
  2. Trendy Fixtures—Trendy appliances, fixtures, and paint may look great when you first add them, but can look dated over time and turn off potential buyers.
  3. Built-In Furniture—Don’t expect a big return on built-in desks, bookshelves and they like.
  4. Swimming Pool—Resist the summer urge to add a pool. Potential home buyers are often turned off by the maintenance and increase insurance cost of buying a home with a pool.
  5. Sunroom—While they help expand your home’s indoor living space, they don’t increase your property value enough to justify their high price tag.
  6. Second Story—Adding another level to your home when you live in a neighborhood with all single-story homes could price your home out of the market when you want to sell.

While these six home upgrades may not be worthwhile investments, it is always a smart idea to keep your home’s roofing, gutters, windows and siding in good working order. If you live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, consider Baltic Home Improvements to help you make these home improvements. We are a BBB Accredited Business with a proven track-record of satisfied customers. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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