3 Renovations that Will NOT Increase your Value

Renovations and Home Values

It’s one thing to make renovations to a home with the goal of making it more enjoyable or comfortable for you and your family and quite another to make these renovations solely to boost the home’s value. It’s the latter we want to take a look at today.

In fact, these three renovations are only “goofs” if you made them thinking you’ll get your money back when you sell the home.


  1. Converting the Garage

A small home with a growing family bulges at the seams and, rather than sell the home, many homeowners turn the garage into a bedroom. Big mistake, says

George Holmes of Eagle Appraisal in Las Vegas; your home’s value will take a hit.

In fact, he says that a tract home may lose up to $10,000 in value, but cautions that “it’s not cut and dry, however.”

Garages are a hot button for buyers, not only as a car’s refuge from the elements, but for storage as well. In fact, 86 percent of home buyers surveyed for Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report said that they want a garage for the storage space.

  1. Swimming Pool

Install a swimming pool because you want one, not because you think it will increase your home’s value, because it won’t. The tens of thousands of dollars it takes to install the pool, unless you live in an area where pools are in demand (Phoenix and Las Vegas, for instance), won’t be returned when you sell the home.

If you live in Maine, swimming pools aren’t as in demand as they are in areas with year-round swimming weather. In regions with short summers, a pool represents nothing more than a maintenance headache to homebuyers.

  1. Bedroom Conversion

If you must convert a bedroom into a home office or a workout room or anything else, make sure that you can undo the conversion before putting the home on the market. A permanently converted bedroom will decrease your home’s value.

After all, three-bedroom homes typically cost more than homes with only two bedrooms so the appraiser will knock down the value of your home accordingly.

When considering which renovation or repair projects will add value to the home, put your money into upgrades to the home’s major systems (if needed) or into updating the kitchen and/or bathrooms.

Welcome to our Blog!
Home Selling Season

Luxury Homes in Fort Collins and Loveland!

Why should you buy a Patio Home?

Are you wanting an Old Town Fort Collins Colorado Classic Home?

Golf Course Homes in Fort Collins Colorado

3 Renovations that Will NOT Increase your Value

PRESS RELASE: Rob Proctor receives Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRESĀ®) designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Do you need Northern Colorado 2020 real estate market information?

3 Things to Know about Buying New Construction

Are you wanting to live in Dakota Glen in northern Colorado?

Old Town Fort Collins

Rob Proctor, Broker/Owner of At Home Real Estate Co. Earns SRES Designation

How much can you afford?

January 2021 Listing Special

What to Look for in the HOA Documents

Writing a Strong Offer

Are you Moving to Fort Collins Colorado?

Finding your Ideal Neighborhood

How to make an Offer on a home in Loveland Colorado...

When buying Home Insurance for Buyers Northern Colorado...

Buying a Patio Home

4 Tips to Close Quickly on a Home Purchase

Touring Namaqua Hills Subdivision in Loveland Colorado

Buying a FSBO without an Agent

Buyers Remorse

Click here to see ALL articles.

Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.