Be Careful With Those Home Improvements! Home Staging Minneapolis, MN

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Be Careful With Those Home Improvements! Home Staging Minneapolis, MN

It's Spring and it is the perfect time to hit that list of home improvements you have been thinking about.

Some home improvements can add value to your home, some can make your home more likely to sell quicker, and some home improvements are just plain bad. 

Over the next few blog posts I am going to address types of home improvements that can be great and some that you may want to reconsider.

Before doing any home improvement you always need to do your homework and here are a few tips:


1)     Look at how long you are going to be in your home. Some improvements are imperative to make to get your home in top selling condition. Other improvements should only be made if you plan on being in your home for a while.


2)   Check out your Neighborhood. You never want to improve beyond the value of your neighborhood. Being the biggest or best house on the block is not the best thing for resale.   


3)   Check out your Market. What is the current housing market in your area? Who is the potential buyer of your home when you do go to sell?


4)   Don’t design yourself into a corner by being too specific. You don’t want to limit who you can sell to. Personalize your home through paint and accessories that are easy to change rather than having to replace walls.



5)    Balance your style and area. Again, keep in mind what will sell in the future rather than focusing on what you like and what you want to use the area for. 


If you are planning to make improvements and potentially sell in a short period of time, check out the statistics listed on my website on the return on your investment for certain home improvements at


If you have made any mistakes in your home improvements that you would like to share with others so they don’t make the same mistakes, please do so. What is your horror story in home improvements? Or, what was your biggest success? I’d love to hear.


See you on the next post when I talk about more Home Improvement Do's and Dont's! 



Comments (22)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent post Shar.  I've seen homes that were remodeled and very taste specific and also overdone for the neighborhood.  It's not a good idea to over improve.

May 02, 2013 10:39 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I have had sellers in shock when I inform them all those things they did, didn't add the value.

May 02, 2013 10:59 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You and me both Dorie!

You are correct Roger, one of the worst things you can do is over improve. You will never get your money out of it. 

What Valerie?? You don't like the back-splash I just put in at my house in MN? LOL. Condo in Hawaii...maybe it would work. 

I know Rob, it hurts to tell them but they need to do their research beforehand. Hopefully many will see this post! 

May 02, 2013 11:23 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - So many great points here, but I'm just fixated on that backsplash... I've never seen anything quite like it (!)...  

May 03, 2013 12:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Shar,  To often I see people that redo things and over do it and expect it will raise the price of the house.  They need to talk to someone first about how much it will give them in increase in the price.

May 03, 2013 12:33 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Now that is a back splash!

You should have seen some of the ones in the condos in Belize.

May 03, 2013 02:39 AM
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, WordPress consultant

May 03, 2013 02:39 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Shar -- thanks for an interesting post (I saw it on Roger's repost).  Those are great pictures, to illustrate your point - I especially like the small home next to the "McMansion".

May 03, 2013 03:56 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Shar, just came over from Roger's blog and you are so correct-being too taste specific can be deadly for a quick sale-potential buyers labor over how they will UNDO what you've done!

May 03, 2013 04:52 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice, Shar!  Too often people think that this will be their last home and they customize it only to find themselves having to sell at some point down the road.  Every thing I've ever done in any of my homes has been with resale in mind.

May 03, 2013 05:14 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You know you want one Sally!! 

I know Will! How do we get them to do that? Ha. 

Oh I bet you did Than! But palm trees on tile in Belize (or Hawaii) would be a little better. :) Okay, I take that back. 

Oh....thank you Marty. I really needed a cookie today. 

Ha. It got my point across Steven.

And then they get upset with us Joanna. They need to ask beforehand. Not everyone will like something unique and unusual. 

Exactly Sharon! Go ahead and paint a dark purple wall if you want and aren't selling for a few years. Paint is easy to change. Spending $10K for an artist's room....not a good ideas. 

May 03, 2013 06:31 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Shar,

Over improving can be just as detrimental as under improving when it comes time to sell...I had that difficult conversation with a homeowner recently!

May 03, 2013 06:35 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Shar, great advice! I keep seeing homes that have made the mistakes you describe. One was about a week ago. Not only did they over improve for the area, they didn't think about where the buyer was going to put furniture when they were done.

May 03, 2013 06:50 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Oh that is so difficult Lisa. It is never an easy one. 

Furniture? Oh such a minor thing in a home Janice. LOL 

May 03, 2013 12:29 PM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Hi Shar.. staging has been busy so I'm glad I have taken the time to read your post.  Totally agree with you and will look foward to reading more.  Educating homeowners is key and you have got it nailed.  Thanks for sharing.

May 07, 2013 11:21 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Shar, great tips and I love love love #4. And also I have to say that staging/redesign consultation is so affordable now that everyone should invest in it before making home improvement projects.

May 19, 2013 10:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, that kitchen tilework looks like the bathroom in one of my upcoming listing.     You have such great advice, hope many homeowners read this before they list!

May 20, 2013 05:40 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You are welcome Wendy. Education definitely is key.

We definitely see over specific homes don't we Anna.

Thank Joan...and good luck with the listing! 

May 21, 2013 12:41 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Shar~ You've made several good/important points in this post. I would say the most important, in my humble opinion, is to be careful not to over personalize your improvement. This will make your house a challenge when it comes to resale. Not every buyer wants a sunlight in the garage!

Jun 30, 2013 11:53 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


What great advice to share with our clients.  These are things that well help them make sound choices about remodeling.  I am going to use this post as a guide for my client.  Thanks.

Jul 13, 2013 12:42 PM