Is that renovation you’re considering just a flash in the pan?

Are you considering making some home improvements? If so, make sure you are investing your money carefully. While some trends might appeal to you now, not all of them are likely to be worth it in the long run. Your tastes might change, or worse, the addition might turn off homebuyers down the road. Here are a few trends that have already been forgotten, and will not provide much ROI – if any.

The industrial look

Stainless steel counters, visible ducting and bulbs, metal shelves and cabinets – this look may seem sophisticated and classic – but it’s already on the decline. Unless you’re living in a loft, skip going the whole hog on the aluminum and warehouse look and opt for lively features that will make your house feel warm and inviting.

Chevron prints

According to the 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, chevron was “one of the most overused trends of 2014.” Since then, the zebra look has taken a well-needed hiatus, and it is not poised to make a return anytime soon. Rather than brightly colored chevron rugs and pillows, go for solid-colored, textured fabrics.

Whirlpool bathtubs

A hot commodity that originated in the 1980s, whirlpool bathtubs are becoming increasingly less common and popular. One of the reasons people may be ditching the need for a whirlpool bathtub could be the massive water bill that comes along with it. If you still prefer a spa-like master bath, a regular soaking bathtub or a sauna can create an equally relaxing experience and provide more of a return. Other options that homebuyers are seeking include larger showers, one with a seat, or a rainwater showerhead.

Differentiating appliance colors

Appliance companies release products with trending colors on an annual basis. This means that popular colors will not last more than a few years. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, it is best to stick with reliable stainless steel and black or white color schemes. That way, when it’s time to sell, you won’t have to spend extra money replacing appliances or refinishing them.

Don’t follow trends too eagerly

Overall, if you’re focusing on today’s trends, you may leave yourself with the constant need to update your home. Even worse, if you’re updating your home with features your neighbors did a few years ago, you’re investing in an already outdated look.

The trend you should always look to avoid is just that – the trends. Instead, focus on styles. Visit expo shows to see what the latest homebuyers will expect to see, rather than what they’ve already been seeing. Your other option is to keep it simple. Update your residence to look new and clean, rather than trendy and cutting-edge. This will keep your home warm, inviting, and classic. Homebuyers should see your home as updated without being outdated.

If you’re thinking about renovating your home or making simple home improvements, it’s always smart to keep the ROI in mind. Although interior designers can consult with you on the latest trends, Encore Realty can help you with what homebuyers are actually seeking. With over 30 years’ experience in the Southwest Florida market, we know what features will help you sell your home faster.

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