Looking to sell?? Common mistakes that will lessen the value of your home.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Four Seasons Properties



Looking to sell?? Here are common mistakes that will

lessen the value of your home.



1.   Overly upgrading- When upgrading your home, make sure you are spending money that will get you a possible return. If you put up remote control blinds in a $250,000 home in a bad part of town you are not going to get your money back from that investment. Try putting in new carpet or doing a fresh paint job those are things that really make sense to most buyers.





Lack of upgrading- Did you put in a lot of money towards an upgraded kitchen but nothing else in the house is upgraded? Yes, the kitchen is nice but now the rest of the house looks even more out dated. Try taking care of the main items that will create a sense of flow in your floor plan/design.


Overly customized- Yes, YOU probably love all of your personal touches throughout the house, but you are now cutting down your target market. If you appeal to the masses you have a better chance at selling much sooner and for much higher. Choose finishes that aren’t over the top.


Bad floor plan- Did you decide to add square footage, but didn’t consider that now your master bedroom has no full bathroom near it? Really think about making these changes and talk it over with someone who knows about construction. They can typically save you from this kind of costly mistake.


Converting the garage- We see this all the time. You wanted another bedroom, but now when are you are ready to sell you have spent $15,000 to convert it and every one who sees it dislikes it. Now, all the buyers see is $$$ that they have to spend to put it back to how it was. This is a very common mistake that will steer buyers away as it is now not a move in ready house.  


Paint options- Did you let your children pick the color of their room? One is pink, one is green, one is yellow, your living room is orange and your kitchen is lime green. This is a NO NO!! Sure you can have it like that when you live there. Your best bet is to paint the rooms neutral colors when you are getting ready to sell. Some people just can’t see past the rainbow.



We have a current listing where the homeowner did all the right improvements! It is a great feeling walking in to a potential listing and you wouldn't change a thing about the house! They customized their home so that it will appeal to the biggest audience. Yes, their kids had the option to choose their bedroom color but, when it came time to sell they painted the bedrooms back to a neutral tone. The neighborhood this home is in supports the size, upgrades and price point which is great they didn’t build a spectacular home in a neighborhood where people can’t afford the upkeep. Sitting on 2.79 acres in beautiful Vista, California this home has it all. From designer finishes, first floor master suite, gorgeous custom pebble tec pool and so much more! They kept the color palette soft with light tones in living areas and all bedrooms. Contact us for your personal viewing appointment!





If you or someone you know is looking to sell, remodel or buy a new home we would be happy to steer them in the right direction. We have many remodel success stories to prove these facts are true! To find a local Realtor in your area click here. To see some of our remodels visit our Facebook page. 




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Comments (2)

Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Some great thoughts on this. Our market is made up of new homes around 8 - 10 years and when the original owners list they don't realize those choices they made way back when bite them today. (Like knocking down a wall between bedrooms or taking out that extra bathroom)

May 02, 2015 10:17 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Cody - Good list of things not to do to a home if you plan on selling. I like the photo of the kitchen with the different colored walls. I see the matching blue and red stools, but don't see where the yellow stool is.

May 03, 2015 09:44 AM