As a homeowner in the market for selling, you should know that there are a few things to avoid should you want to get the most money for your house. And who doesn’t? Although factors that affect home value aren’t always obvious, there are still certainly some things that you can watch out for. Here’s an article on things that can hurt the resale value of your home.

“If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice.” - Norman Ralph Augustine

What Drives Down the Local Prices

Here's the low down on what brings your home down
Not an ideal location to raise a family. Source: The Atlantic

Obviously, not all real estate is created equal. And the local area can determine what affects the value of a house. Of course an airport would lower the value of a home, even in a prime location, but there are also other things that can lessen the value of your property. Here are things that may surround your property that bring down the price, in order of severity:

  1. Bad school
  2. Strip club
  3. High rent area
  4. Homeless shelter
  5. Cemetery
  6. Funeral home
  7. Power plant
  8. Shooting range
  9. Hospital

Recent Issues

When the roof, the roof, the roof is literally on fire
Things to avoid when purchasing a new home. Source: Lancaster Online

Another factor that may seem obvious in hindsight but not so much in the moment are recent events that may have a negative impact on the property. Flooding, crimes, weather, or natural disasters can also potentially command a lower resale price from a house. If something happened without your knowledge, you may be wondering, “why did my property value go down?” Here’s a brief list of possible occurrences that can lower property value:

  • String of thefts
  • Fire
  • Shooting
  • Flood
  • Murder
  • Mold
  • Lead-based paints
  • Weather damage
  • Tornado

Lesser Known Factors that Drive Down Price

Just the worst choice in exterior paint options
Not sure who thought this would be a good idea. Source: The Luxury Spot

And then there are a handful of issues that can affect your home’s pricing that you might not have seen coming. These are usually the things that you’ve either grown accustomed to or simply weren’t aware of. In any case, here are some things that hurt home resale that you may not have been told about:

  • Noise pollution
  • Heavily updated homes
  • Poor painting choices
  • Regular pollution
  • Billboards
  • The number of sex offenders
  • Fracking
  • Hoarders
  • Power plants
  • Sinkholes

Particular Renovations

Yet another thing that can affect the resale value of your home
An elaborate bath might not always pay out what you put in. Source: Elenor Design

Then again, there are even certain renovations that could actually hurt the resale value of your home. Most homeowners aren’t aware of this because it seems so contradictory. How could improving your home lower the resale value? Well, this counter-intuitive issue can be what devalues a house. And here we’ll provide several examples.

  • Superfluous wallpaper
  • Textured walls and ceilings
  • Luxury bathroom
  • Combined rooms
  • Expensive lighting fixtures
  • Extra carpeting
  • Extremely bright interior paint
  • Over the top high-end kitchen
  • Home office
  • Sunroom


That magical day when you sell your home.
Looking forward to the day when you close. Source: Time

Research is important in this field. Obviously you’ll want to invest in properties that shy away from physical locations that hurt resale value. You’ll want to be aware of any recent issues with the home, as well. On top of that, you should only invest in renovations that have a solid return and aren’t overly ostentatious. So while it may sound like an oversimplification to stay away from things that hurt home resale, perhaps the best solution is to remain well informed about your home’s situation. As they say, knowledge is power.

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