20 Home Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

Your home isn’t just a source of pride or a place where you can relax after a long day — it’s also an investment in your family’s future. And while it’s natural to want to make improvements to increase your home’s resale value, some renovations will actually cost you money in the long run. Just because you see something as an improvement doesn’t mean a potential buyer will feel the same way.

Find out which of these bad renovations you should avoid if you’re looking to make upgrades to your home this fall.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

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Don’t waste your money on these 5 popular home renovations

Don't waste your money on these 5 popular home renovations
Don’t waste your money on these 5 popular home renovations

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As a homeowner, you may have a long list of projects you plan to take on. Americans collectively spend $400 billion a year on home remodels to improve functionality and make their living experience more enjoyable, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report.

But while a home reno might come with benefits, it’s easy to go overboard. Some upgrades aren’t worth the time and money involved, especially if you want to recoup some of the cost when you put it back on the market.

To dig up five home renovations that aren’t worth their price tags, we consulted the NAR report, Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value report, and a few other resources. Here’s what

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