Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

If you have suitable flooring, show it off. You are much better off with hardwood flooring that can be topped with area rugs or carpeted over later if the home buyer chooses to do so. It's a bedroom, not a zoo. If you want to have pets, have pets, but be careful to avoid making structural changes like adding built- in cages or aquariums. This is an example of "improvements" detracting from the value of your home. Unless you find another Dr. Doolittle to purchase the home, you will need to convert it back to normal before anyone else will buy it. The same goes for other highly personalized conversions, such as a cold pantry or wine cellar. Anything you do that is truly unique to you needs to be done in such a way that it is easily undone before putting your home on the market. Otherwise, potential buyers may view these personal extravagances as expensive projects to undo or make them part of the deal that you undo them yourself. Where is the garage? Potential home buyers expect it to be a garage if it looks like a garage. They might not be excited if they walk in and find that it's been completely changed into something else that can no longer store a car. Home buyers enjoy protecting their vehicles from hail and night-time pranksters. They will likely love not cleaning ice or snow off the car on winter mornings. Instead of a "man cave," you might find greater success with an actual garage. That does not mean you cannot create that family room, theatre, or gym in your garage. You can — if you set it up so it can become a garage again with minimal cost. For example, don't carpet it. If you want to cover the garage floor, do so with large area rugs, or roll carpet out onto the surface without attaching it with glue or permanently installing it in any other way. If you have built-in storage cabinets, leave them as such instead of dismantling them to hang up the big screen.

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