With DIY culture permeating home decor magazines and HGTV, it’s all too easy to fall victim to the desire to renovate your home. But it’s important to remember that upgrading your home doesn’t always mean that you’re adding value to your property. In fact, some upgrades can actually downgrade your home’s market value.

If you’re considering doing a renovation in your kitchen or bathroom, or you’re looking into adding a playroom for your kids, it’s important to consider whether or not your project will pay off when the time comes to sell your house. That said, here are five home projects can hurt your home’s market value so you can avoid the temptation to do them yourself.

Installing a patio in a small yard

Patios can be a great way to cut down on how much yard work you need to do, especially considering most lawns require at least one inch of water every week. However, if you already have a small backyard, installing a patio might not be the best idea. Not only does this cut down on the amount of grass you have available for your kids or dog to run around in, but it also cuts down on the amount of grass future homeowners will have when they move in.

Investing in the wrong landscaping

On the flip side of the point above, many homeowners try to up their landscaping game with some serious landscaping decoration in an effort to boost their home’s curb appeal. But this can be a costly mistake if your decorative additions increase your home’s maintenance needs. Make sure to add landscaping decoration that’s visually appealing but also easy to maintain.

Installing a swimming pool

Swimming pools seem like a lot of fun in theory, especially when you have kids. But swimming pools come with a ton of maintenance and upkeep that could come back to bite you. You may be willing to tackle the maintenance schedule that comes with owning a swimming pool, but future homeowners may not be. That said, if owning a pool is a dream for you and your family, consider installing an above-ground pool rather than an in-ground one.

Combining bedrooms to make a larger bedroom

If your home has a small master bedroom, chances are you might think of knocking down on the bedrooms in your house to combine the two into a master suite. However, depending on the number of bedrooms your home actually has, this might not be a good idea.

For instance, if your home has 5 bedrooms, it might not hurt your home’s market value to knock down a wall. But if your home only has three bedrooms, it might be in your best interest to make do with a small master bedroom for the sake of your home’s value once the time comes to sell.

DIY projects

It’s crucial to be careful when you try to take on a home project yourself. According to a 2019 survey by home improvement site ImproveNet, up to 63% homeowners who took on eight DIY projects regretted at least one of them. You should only take on a DIY project if you have past experience doing that kind of work.

Hiring professionals might seem expensive at first, but they can actually save you money in the long run because you don’t have to worry about repairing any mistakes or redoing the work later. Just be sure to do your research on different services to avoid falling victim to a scam or some other Internet crime involving fraudulent representation.

The bottom line

It’s no secret the real estate market is hot right now. In fact, the real estate market has outperformed the stock market 2-to-1 over the last 20 years. But it’s important to remember that just because there are many homebuyers out there excited for a new house doesn’t mean they’ll be willing to pay an arm and a leg for just any property.

Make sure when you’re upgrading your home that you’re paying attention to which projects will actually boost your home’s value and which ones will downgrade it. This will help save you a lot of heartbreak later on when the time comes to sell your property.