Owning a home may feel like a green light to making it the house of your dreams. But, before you spend your hard-earned money, it’s important to keep in mind the bigger picture, especially if you intend to move to a different home in the next few years.
Here are a few tips to keep your projects focused and money-smart:
- Try to avoid specializations: You may love a quirky bathroom or floor design, but it may make the future buyer of your home think twice. Instead, opt for neutral décor or something fun that is easily changed (think bright pink wall paint instead of bright pink sinks).
- Go small: Rather than paint or wallpaper an entire room, why not go for a feature or accent wall? This will make redecoration easier for future buyers, and easy to change if YOU change your mind.
- Plan for storage: When renovating kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to keep in mind the need for storage. Future buyers may have children and need much more storage. More is usually better.
- Avoid luxury items: It may be tempting to go for a custom-made marble countertop from Italy, however, that’s an expense you may not recoup when selling your home.