Everyone wants a “turn-key” home these days. That means once they turn the key and open the front door, the house is “ready to use” with no repairs needed.

If you’re thinking of selling your parent’s home, you may not be able to make it turn-key. But no doubt you would like to make it more marketable. I say, go for it! I am an advocate of getting as much as you can for your home. One thing you don’t want to do is spend money on the wrong updates. Why is that?

Your goal is to update your home to get a higher appraised value. But sometimes the updates you make can have the opposite effect. Here are the three worst renovations:


1) High-end appliances or adding more living area

Such updates may not increase the value of your home if these are uncommon in your neighborhood.

Buyers aren’t going to spend thousands of dollars more for “bigger and better” features if the average sale price for homes in the area is lower.

2) Specialized /personalized features

Over-personalized improvements may not appeal to potential buyers. You may be a UK fan, but the UK tiling on the bathroom floor may not appeal to the UofL buyer that is considering your home. Try to keep the updates neutral since buyers won’t pay more for homes with several features they will need to remove or replace.

3) DIY projects

When it comes to remodels or repairs, it is best to invest in hiring a professional to do the job. Unless, of course, you have the home improvement skills to pay the bills.

There’s no doubt that do-it-yourself improvements can save you money initially. But, there is a risk of compromising the condition of the project, and in turn, decreasing the home value.

Key takeaways…

Some key takeaways when thinking of updating your parent’s home are:

1. consider your market – is the update you are considering common and/or in-demand in your area?

2. keep home improvements consistent with the rest of the home, and the rest of the neighborhood.

3. use a professional to do the work, this way the quality of the update is not compromised.

Also, It is also a good idea to consult a real estate appraiser to determine which improvements will get you the best value for your home.

To learn what your home would be worth after making certain repairs, give me a call, I’d be happy to help.