Swimming Pools

Pools do not add much, if any, value to a home in San Diego.  Pools require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, and it can be a burden to keep them safe for kids and dogs.  Many buyers do not want a pool, and will not even come look at your home if you have one.  That being said, if a pool is something that you or your family will love and enjoy, then you can certainly consider adding one for your own use.


Expensive Landscaping 

Great curb appeal is a huge plus when it comes time to sell a home.  Landscaping should look pretty and clean.  However, expensive landscaping that was custom designed for your home with high end plants and flowers will not yield a good return on the investment.


Custom Upgrades 

High-end upgrades will not usually have a great ROI.  That being said, in certain parts of town, expensive upgrades are considered the norm and are necessary.  Usually, though, having basic but functional items in the home (such as light fixtures, stove, shower heads, etc.) are sufficient.  The buyers will recognize that they can select the upgrades they want down the line.


Invisible Upgrades 

Upgrading insulation, HVAC systems, water heaters, etc. won't yield a great return when it comes time to sell a home.  These upgrades aren't normally visible, and buyers won't be moved to bump up their offer price based on them.




Some buyers do prefer carpet, but at this point, most buyers are looking for hard floors.  In fact, even if you put in new carpeting, buyers may ask if there are hard floors underneath.  Carpet can look dingy, holds pet fur and dust, and is tough to clean.  Investing in a hard floor is a better use of your upgrade money.


Now you know!  These upgrades can and should be made only for the comfort and enjoyment of your family, not because you're wanting to get a good ROI from them.  Be sure to check out my post about which upgrades DO boost value as well.

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