First, let me say how much I appreciate everyone’s terrific comments in response to the question I asked yesterday. I was delighted at how much thought people put into their answers, and you just confirmed what I suspected. As you might know, I am currently house-hunting. I have been looking at two or three houses each week and have had the same thing said to me several times. While I am walking through the house, the agent (and it’s mostly the seller’s agent) says, you should do this and that to the house to increase the re-sale value. Considering I hadn’t even decided whether or not to buy the house, I thought it was a bit premature to talk to me about re-selling it. If I am going to live in a house, it’s going to be the way I want to live in it, and not the way the people who live in it after I am gone live in it. I don’t want to put granite kitchen counters in the house for the people who move in after me. I hate granite counters and think that they’ll be the avocado and harvest gold kitchen of this generation.In this day and age, when the housing market has changed so dramatically from a few years ago, and people are not buying houses to flip, why wouldn’t you live in a house that’s exactly the way you want it?
P.S. I was remembering that when I was doing architectural salvage, we deconstructed a few houses where the owners had spend thousands to put a new kitchen in before they sold, and the new owners came in and tore the house down. So much for improving for re-sale!
These are three of the houses where my family has lived. Nothing was done to any of them for re-sale value.