5 Worst Home Improvements for Selling a Home

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Sandra Stewart

Subject: Home Improvement

I totally don't agree with this post. I am looking for a home with an in ground pool, a screen in porch and a home office with a larger garage. I have a deck on my current house and hate it.

Bob M

Subject: Doesn't apply to "specialty" houses

These comments seem to apply to the vast majority of houses, but not necessarily to historic or other specialty homes. Putting a steel front door on my 1857-vintage house,for example, would more likely detract from its curb appeal and value, as might some other "modern" upgrades. The number of covered parking spaces expected might also be commensurate with the number of people expected to live in the home. A larger home with a single car garage seems like a mis-match unless it's an older home from a time when families didn't own two, three, or maybe even four cars, and even then people seem to expect a two-car detached garage or carport at a minimum.


Subject: I definitely agree with pools

I definitely agree with pools. Garages I'm on the fence about - they can be handy during snow storms, and provide great storage (and home gyms). Disagree with home offices, mainly because I work from home 1-2 days per week.

Laurel Isaak

Subject: 5 Worst Home Improvements - Pool

Is this really true for all parts of the country? We live in a suburb in Houston where just about all homes have an in ground pool and I've heard that you get at least 50% back in our area.


Subject: pool

Parents installed a nice one with built in spa in a standard 60's 4/2/2 Houston Suburban Ranch. You know the house; remodelled each decade? One thing to consider is the ongoing cost of upkeep, though it's nothing like monstrous, by any means. Law requires you provide a locking fence to protect wandering kids. It only takes minutes. And we did pretty much eat the pool and the fireplace when we sold it, but money can't express the 2 generations of bubbles and colored light bulbs in the spa, the cousins, bbq's, birthdays and grandkids friends. Then there was the day my dad threw 2 watermelons in and we watched em plop to the bottom and pop to the surface. Can't say much for the f/p because, well its Texas. I say to go with the lively memories and recover what you can, when the time comes. May God bless your homelife, whatever you choose, t e

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.