Bad DIY Projects Cost More When You Sell

With the popularity of Pinterest and DIY shows, it’s common for real estate agents to see homes with odd DIY projects.

Many of these projects look unprofessional, idiosyncratic (appeals to just that homeowner) and even weird.

Just because it seemed like a good idea to add crackle paint to your kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean everyone will agree. This kind of unusual feature can reduce the attractiveness—and selling price—of a home.

Buyers will often avoid making offers on homes with odd DIY projects, due to the time and money required to redo the projects, either through their own labor or by hiring a professional.

So before you sell, get some impartial opinions about any DIY projects you’ve added. Then consider hiring a contractor to redo projects to ensure everything looks finished and “normal.”

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