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

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Southern Az SA629725000

Home improvements that make a lot of sense for everyone.  These questions will help you make the right decisions.  I will send some more as they become available.

Original content by Shar Sitter

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! 



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Shar Sitter


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Comments (9)

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Ric so true. I had sellers ask me should we redo the kitchen or bathroom?

You never know if the buyer will hate it and rip it right out.

You don't get back what you put in.

Jul 13, 2013 07:10 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


You have given good advice for anyone wantin gto make sure their home is not "over done".  

Jul 24, 2013 11:58 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Important advice to people who are considering improving their home. 

We have sellers who have an underground oil tank and they're going to remove it but they're trying to decide whether to put in an above ground tank or just convert to gas. While most buyers prefer gas, at least in NJ, the cost is so much greater that the seller doesn't want to make that much of an investment lest a buyer prefers oil.

Aug 14, 2013 11:41 PM
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

I sugest staging and not remodeling for the most part.  The Buyer is going to want to do what they want and you just need to give them a fresh surface to look at.

Sep 15, 2013 05:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ric, great post to re-blog, and is so important not to overimprove your home.    You don't get every penny back when you sell.

Nov 22, 2013 11:13 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Ric, this is a great reblog.  Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. 

Jun 21, 2014 11:09 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ric, Shar knows what she is talking about!  Great post to re-blog.  I've seen so many homes that have too much of the owners personal taste to make it marketable to the widest segment of buyers.

Jul 05, 2014 07:00 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I noticed you haven't posted on Active Rain for a while and was wondering if all is OK?  Come back to the 'Rain!

Oct 31, 2015 02:40 AM
Ric Mills
Keller Williams Southern Az - Tucson, AZ
Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge

All is well, just took some personal time off for some well deserved and needed vactions with the wife.  Needed to reboot for a while.

Nov 09, 2015 06:35 AM