Bad remodels


There are renovations that are beautiful but they can also be what I like to call home wreckers. For example take a small historic home, rip out a few walls and put in a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and of course those ubiquitous stainless steel appliances. The kitchen now takes up 1/3 of the first floor and is done in one style while the rest of the house is another style.

The kitchen looks nice and so does the rest of the home but they don’t go together at all and I have seen a few remodels where the rest of the living space was reduced or moved to a lower level to make room for a larger kitchen. Yes it is true that the kitchen often sells the home but having fewer bedrooms and baths will hurt the salability of the large kitchen.

I think it is alright to do most anything to our homes to accommodate our lifestyles and our tastes but expecting to make money or even recoup the cost of a some of the strange renovations I see isn’t realistic and sometimes what one owner thinks of as an improvement keeps a potential buyer from making an offer.

There are two homes in my area that have been strangely and expensively upgraded. One took almost a year to sell and sold for 40K less than comparable homes and the other has been on and off the market for the last 18 months. They will need to drop the price another 20K if they want to sell it. The owners are trying to get the money they put into the upgrade back.


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One Reply to “Bad remodels”

  1. Misplaced priorities says:

    One of the homes I looked at a few years ago was an extreme example of this. I was a bit suspicious when the only photos of the house were the brand new gourmet kitchen — which was beautiful. The rest of the house was complete crap. Why build a gourmet kitchen in a house when a basement has mold issues, the floors need refinishing, the roof needs replacing, and the front steps are totally uneven and sinking?

    It makes no sense. Needless to say, I passed on the home.

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