Home Improvement Myths - Home Staging and Redesign of MN

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Home Improvement Myths - Home Staging and Redesign of MN


The term ‘home improvement’ usually evokes a good feeling. You are improving something so that’s good isn’t it? Plus it is being done to one of your biggest assets so even better right? Well maybe.

Dollar SignThere are some untruths or myths about Home Improvements that you need to be aware of and consider before you invest your time and/or money.



   1) “Any Remodel is a Good One.” NOT THE CASE. You need to check out and consider many things before considering any home improvement.




  2)  “I Can Do It Myself.” Sure you can. :) All of us have seen the DIYP (Do it Yourself Project) when our best friend or spouse is so proud of their work but they really should have let a professional do it. Unless you are well trained and have experience in that area….it may be best to spend the money to have it done correctly.   DIY Project




3) Adding A Pool Always Add Value.Not so. Pools only add value if they are in a climate where they can be used year round. It also depends on the type of pool and the condition of the pool. In many cases a pool decreases the value of a home.


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  4) “I Should Follow the Latest Design Trends.”  The key word here is ‘trend’. That is what it is and it will be on its way out before you even get it finished. Trends are great for $12 throw pillows. Not for major improvements.

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So make sure you know what you are doing when you start those Home Improvements.

Check out my previous post “Be Careful with those Home Improvements” and stop by for my next post on specific home improvements that add value to your home! 





Comments (19)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, #1 and 2 are sort of related - fun seeing homeowner "remodels" that buyers feel need to be torn out and started over.      Great post.

May 18, 2013 12:33 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Myths indeed.....and you've done an outstanding job pointing out why also.

May 18, 2013 01:33 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Shar~ It's been a while since we even thought about trying a DIY project. I strongly believe in hiring professionals!

May 18, 2013 02:23 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Great eye opening post. I bet there are some homeowners out there that have not realized this. That electrical work is so laughable!

May 18, 2013 03:27 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I think I toured a few of these homes this week!!   Good post on what NOT to do :)

May 18, 2013 03:35 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Shar:  Great advice!  When I used to appraise, I used to see some pretty remarkable "trends" in the homes I viewed.  I knew exactly when the improvement was made .. and by whom.  You prove exactly why employing the services of a home stager prior to making changes or selling is such a wise decision ...


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May 18, 2013 05:15 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Shar, wise advice. Buying into those 'trends' by using them on features of the home can come back to bite you. Trends pass but tile for example doesn't.

May 18, 2013 06:05 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good job Shar of pointing out the myths and the rationale behind them.  I am a fan of getting professionals to work in my house and letting my husband stick to what he does best-and it ain't home improvement projects.

May 18, 2013 06:29 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - Oh, don't get me started about "trends".  We're having to eliminate or deal with all those great "trends" from the '80's and '90's like glass blocks, gold everything, pink and eau de Nil green carpets...  oh, the list goes on!  

May 18, 2013 06:54 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Oh I have seen those Joan! 

Pools are real touchy up here in the north country Roger. Don't put one in thinking you are going to get more for your home. 

My hubby and I hire things out too Donna. I can paint furniture and hang furniture but that is about it. My hubby....not so much. Ha. 

I know Sussie....home improvements do not always raise the value of your home and can actually bring it down if not done right. 

Ha Susan! I bet you did!

Yup Gene....I can walk in and tell the decade also. That is why some of the back splashes being put in now are stunning but very trendy. You'll be able to know when it was done! And thank you for the feature!

Exactly Janice. Except as I just mentioned to Gene above...some of the tile is very trendy too. Like the fruit tile that was so big in the 70s. LOL

My hubby's gift is not home improvements either Joanna. Hiring it out saves alot of counseling time. LOL

How about Avocado appliances Sally? Lovely trend that was. 


May 18, 2013 07:24 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good advice Shar, especially the pool.  Not a good idea in northeast.  Yes, southeast & southwest.  And I remember those gold appliances.  Ugh!  How about shag carpets or mauve carpets?

May 18, 2013 11:38 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Harvest Gold Mary! How could I forget! 

May 18, 2013 01:09 PM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hi Shar - One trend that really bothers me is the glass mosaic tile - like the type in your photo.  When photographed, it always looks wonky.  You can just tell it was poorly installed - you can see the 12x12" sheets.  Great post!

May 19, 2013 02:00 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Shar, this is great advice.  If you can't do the project, it is best to hire the professional

May 19, 2013 04:54 AM
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

Howdy from Houston Shar!

I'm rarely surprised by the D.I.Y. results of home improvement.   I'm stunned to see when developers and professional 'flippers' do dumb stuff, such as...

  • Uh, we mis-measured the granite, so the hole (where a cabinet should be) is doesn't have a real purpose.  Can we just put a $9.99 rickety wine rack under there (in a $500K house)?!?!
  • No, we don't think that the door to the kitchen cabinet (the one that fell off) should be put back up (again in a $500K house)?!?!?
  • I'm not trimming or replacing those scraggly, half-dead bushes by the front door (this time on a $700K)house !?!?

The worst thing is when the seller's think that the cost of their home improvement can now be fully recouped by overpricing their listing.........

Ah well, just another day in staging paradise! <G>

May 19, 2013 06:56 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Julie...I do think the 1" mosaics are a trendy and will be easy to identify what decade it was done. I think they look very 'busy' in photos. 

Exactly Kathy!

Yup.,...see it all the time Tom. 

May 21, 2013 12:44 PM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

I want that pillow LOL. Very good list, Shar. I like when people try their DIY skills when selling their most valuable assets. What's wrong with hiring professionals?

May 28, 2013 12:03 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh boy....do it yourself can go wrong in so many ways, it just isn't worth it for most people!

Jun 04, 2013 06:07 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Doing it yourself is definitely good advice as a home improvement myth, the time, quality of craftsmanship, and mony spent is always overlooked.

Jun 30, 2013 10:28 PM