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Are you considering some home improvements?
Updating and refining your home will not only make it more liveable but will also increase the resale value of your home.
Before you launch into your project though, we need to bust the following eight home improvement myths.
In This Post:
1. Pick What’s on Trend
While home design trends last longer than fashion trends, they still go out of style eventually. So go with a design style that suits your personality. It will never go out of style for you.
2. Going Green Is Too Expensive
Some green furniture and appliances are more expensive than their conventional counterparts, though not all. Furthermore, discounts are available to those who take advantage of green building practices and energy-saving appliances. Finally, you’re just being good to the earth.
3. A Pool Will Add Value
Do you live in a part of the country where there are four distinct seasons? If so, you may want to scrap the idea of adding a pool. Considering that you can only use it from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it’s a huge liability and they’re a lot of work to keep up during the off-season.
4. Eco-Friendly Materials Look Weird
In the past, people associated eco-friendly with the hippie aesthetic. But you don’t have to settle for crocheted artwork or figuring out the best place to lay down a hemp rug (know more here). Eco-friendly materials now span design styles from rustic historic to modern luxury – and everything in between.
5. Improvements on Old Homes Will Cost More
Not every older home is a money pit with leaking ceilings and cranky old furnaces. In fact, owners of older homes tend to spend less per year on home improvements than those with newer homes. This is likely because owners of old homes have already addressed major issues, while newer homes are just starting to show that wear and tear.
6. Expensive Is Better
The old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t always apply. If you’re planning to drop a lot of dollars into only the “best” materials, you may want to reconsider. While you appreciate them, they could end up making the house harder to sell later. Particularly when a value-conscious buyer views it.
7. Cover It With Paint
Some cracks in walls are harmless. But if you have structural cracks or other issues, you’ll want to fix them rather than try to conceal them with paint. It will be a huge liability if you later sell your home.
8. You Can Do It Yourself
Before you say, “I can replace a pipe” or “How hard can it be to rewire that,” think again. The DIY route can save you money, but only if you REALLY know what you’re doing. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending more.
Steer Clear of Home Improvement Myths
It’s best to expel the above home improvement myths from your mind if you want to get the most out of your project. You want the process to go as smoothly as possible.
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