I’m a Realtor – The Worst DIY Kitchen Renovations You Can Do Can Lose Thousands in Value to Your Home

DOES YOUR kitchen need to be renovated? Well, think twice before attempting a DIY.

It turns out that some of the common hacks can lower the value of your home, not to mention look cheap and cheesy.


You don’t have to shell out to upgrade your kitchen, just avoid these mistakesCredit: Getty

Real estate expert Alex Goldstein sat down with Fabulous to reveal the do’s and don’ts of kitchen upgrades – and some of them might surprise you.

According to the pro, before you do anything, it’s important to figure out how long you plan to stay in your home, as this can affect what’s worth spending time and money on.

Peel and stick options

It can be tempting to avoid looking for new countertops, floor tiles, or backsplashes and opt for stick-on options instead, but that’s usually a red flag for potential buyers.

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Alex explains: “Buyers will wonder why the owner cut corners.

“If they’re willing to cut a corner with this, then what else have they done in the whole house that can’t be seen?

“It’s going to hit buyer confidence and therefore your final sales figure.”

Property expert Emily Evans agrees, telling Fabulous: “I would NEVER stick on floor tiles, it can look really cheap and peel off really easily.”

She suggests opting for a cheap option like a backsplash instead, “I usually stay away from tiles as a whole because I don’t like the way they look and how dirty and moldy the grout can get” , she says.

Bad lighting

Lighting above or below kitchen cabinets can instantly improve the look of a kitchen.

That said, avoid cheap lighting strips, “there are so many cheaper lighting options when selling or flipping a home,” says Emily.

Avoid cheap bands and instead look for alternatives that won’t break the bank.

The pro joked, “The light strips don’t look good!”

Choose colors carefully

If you want to play it safe, always stick with neutral color options in your kitchen, bright colors can be visually clashing and turn buyers away.

Emily explains: “I had a client who wanted to paint his kitchen yellow to sell it. Always stick to more neutral colors.

“You may like bright colors, but not everyone does.”

Get the details right

Even if you’re not good at DIY, there are plenty of how-to videos online to help you.

But that doesn’t mean you should cut corners and ignore the finer details – that’s what can make a big difference in the value of your home.

Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to improve your space, “as long as you buy a decent quality paint,” says Emily.

Cheap paint can often chip or peel – so be sure to find quality paint, as this will always be cheaper than buying new units.

The pro adds: “Make sure the silicone is done right, if it’s done wrong it can make the kitchen look like it was done wrong.”

Think twice about appliances

If you want to impress potential buyers, you might not even have to sweat a DIY job.

Alex recommends spending your money on “standalone devices” instead.

It can be an American cooker or fridge freezer, keep it simple.

“Many like to think an instant boiling water tap will add value, they’re great if you want to take advantage of them, but they don’t add real value when you’re looking to sell,” he shares.

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