Real estate experts say these missteps could cost you in the long run.

1. Paint color

Don’t pick a paint color that doesn’t fit the style of your home or that isn’t a common color in your neighborhood.

2. Landscaping without thinking about the future

It’s important to think about just how big those trees you plant along your driveway are going to get in a few years.  Think about the rooting systems and how close to the structure of your home they will be and if they might be in danger of breaking any pavement or causing any structural damage.

3. Pools

Pools can add great personal value to your home, but if you expect a big return on your investment, you might want to think again.  Often time’s people spend a lot of money putting in luxurious pools in their backyards and expect to recoup the value when they sell and unfortunately you’ll never get back the full cost of your pool.

4. Fireplaces

Be cautious with the changes you make to your fireplace.  If the changes you make aren’t trendy when you go to see, it could lower your home’s value.

5.  HVAC System

This is one area of your home you don’t want to skimp on.  In fact, it’s always a good idea to pay for the next system up for your home’s size.  You may pay more up front, but in the long run, it will bring your electric bill down while you live in the home and when it comes time to sell, a good HVAC system will always increase your home’s value.

6.  Kitchen Appliances

A well maintained and clean appliance is an important part of your home.  If something isn’t working as well as it once used to or if it won’t get cleaned or parts are missing, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to replace that item, especially if you are selling your home.

7.  Sweat the small stuff

When selling your home, it is the details that potential home owners are going to be looking at.  Buyers have their eye on details you might forget.  Cleaning and maintaining windows, make sure light switches work, ensure the garbage disposal is in working condition.  The smallest of details lets buyers know that your home has been well cared for.

8.  Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. That being said, you always want to make a small space feel as big as possible. Don’t re-tile a small bathroom with small tiles; they only make it feel smaller. Use bigger tiles; they’ll open the space up.

9.  Wood Floors

It’s important to always take care of your wood floors.  If you’re not interested in refinishing your floors, you can have them buffed every few years.

10.  Wallpaper and Textured Walls

Notoriously known for being difficult to remove, new homeowners might view wallpaper removal as being too much work, or could be the tipping point in helping make a decision for someone who wants a move-in ready home.

Neutral colors are always a good idea to help sell a home quickly, so think twice before playing around with textured walls or wallpaper.

Overcoming these mistakes is simple.  Yes, you want to live in a space you love, but think twice before investing in any major or costly renovations. And always make sure your home improvements are completed with the proper permits by licensed professionals.