Thanks to the pandemic, people have been spending more time at home. More time spent at home means more time looking around and seeing what home improvements are needed. And more time spent at home means more time to DIY.
Not necessarily bad things, mind you. We have all seen those articles about the home improvements that give you the biggest return on your investment. But what about the ones that can actually decrease the value of your home?
Back in July, I came across a couple of articles that were written in partnership with UK sofa and carpet specialist ScS and real estate agents “across the country” that discussed the DIY that can hurt your property value.
In this episode of the podcast, I share the points covered by those articles and offer some of my own insights.
The source articles
These 10 DIY projects could decrease the value of your home — “The Scotsman”
- “Quirky” tile
- Adding a poor quality sunroom
- Poor quality windows and doors
- Messing with the electric, gas or plumbing when you don’t know what you’re doing.
- Installing lavish gardens (including pools)
- Turning the garage into living space
- Adding certain plants to your garden. Roots damage foundations, ivy damages mortar, and some plants are simply invasive species.
- Building an extension (addition) without a permit
- Reducing the number of bedrooms
- Going open plan and “making mistakes.” Messing with the structure.