• 6 Vices to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home

    4 Jan 2018

  • Everyone has a few flaws. But if you plan to sell your home in 2017, these foibles can literally cost you—we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars. What’s more, many homeowners may not even be aware that certain actions can hurt their odds of selling their home (that is, until it sits on the market with no takers).

    To help clue you in, here’s a list of regrettable blunders to kick to the curb starting now, even if you plan to put your home on the market later this year.

    Vice No. 1: Overimproving your home

    Dying to install new kitchen cabinets or retile your master bath? Home sellers often assume any upgrades they make to their home will pay them back in full once they sell, but that’s rarely the case. On average you will recoup just about 64% of the money you spend on renovations once you sell—and certain improvements can actually work against you if they’re unusual or undesirable in your market, warns Jason Shepherd, co-founder of Atlas Real Estate Group.