Homeowner Don’ts

As a homeowner you are in control of your house and what happens to it. We often see new, cool ideas you may want to try to update your curb appeal or renovate a room in your house. But what we don’t often see are the mistakes homeowners make and how it can affect the value of their home. We have found a list of different home maintenance tips to try out and to avoid. This tips can help you avoid making any renovations or updates that may decrease your home’s resale value.

Planting Trees

Planting trees can be great for increasing your curb appeal. Shade from trees can offer a cool place to escape the sun. Also, smaller trees near the home can help reduce heating and cooling bills as they also provide shade in the summer, but let the sun come through in the winter. Although trees are a great addition to any yard, it is important that you know what kind to get and where to plant it. The biggest mistake to avoid is to plant too large of trees too close to the house. Before you plant, know how large the tree will grow to be and plant it accordingly. Too big of trees too close to the house always bring the potential of falling on the house and causing a lot of damage. The roots can also damage the home’s foundation and the different underground pipes. So before you plant, know what you are getting yourself into!

Painting Cabinets

Painting cabinets is a great way to update the look of your kitchen. It can create a new look and make a kitchen appear modern! When painting cabinets, you need to take the cabinet doors off. If it may take a little bit more time, but it will be so worth it. You will be able to paint the entire surface area of the cabinet and it’ll look so much better!

Architectural Features

If your home has unique, original architectural features, do not get rid of them! These are the things that make your home unique and you shouldn’t remove them just because it seems “out of date” currently. They really make your home what it is, and you shouldn’t change that! Also if you plan on selling it, buyers love unique features that set your house apart from the others! 


Use neutral colors for the big things. Whether it’s in your kitchen, bathroom, or another room, use neutral colors for the appliances, countertops, and other fixtures that are difficult and expensive to change. Add color to your space with different decorations. For example, in the bathroom add color with rugs and towels!


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Walters, Kelley. “17 Things to Never, Ever, EVER Do to Your House.” Houselogic, HouseLogic, 8 June 2018, www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/what-not-to-put-in-a-garbage-disposal/?cid=eo_sm_fb_mxm-social.