The Dangers of Over Improving Your Home

Today we want to tell you the cautionary tale of the golden throne and what this means about the dangers of over improving your home. Let’s say that your favorite room in the house is your bathroom. Therefore, you decide to make some improvements. First, you start with a new vanity, maybe some fresh paint. Before long the home improvement bug has sunk its teeth into you. So, you decide you want to make some other improvements. You spend some time on the internet looking at remodeling images. Maybe you even get some much needed inspiration from Pinterest.

Home Over Improvement

Before long you have decided on the final must have item for that bathroom, the thing that will tie it all together with a bow. That item is a golden toilet. You shop around trying to find the best deal, and finally order it. Since you’re a competent and handy and have done toilet installs before there is no need to call a professional. Before long it is all finished. You look upon your work and craftsmanship with pride, and the bathroom continues to be your favorite room in the house.

Time to Sell

After a few years, it comes time to move. The reason (family, work, retirement, fill in the blank) doesn’t matter so much to this story. However, the thing that does matter is you must sell your home. So you look back at all the improvements you made. This includes totaling up the amounts you spent on each item. You think to yourself, that amazing bathroom is really going to increase the value of my home.

Golden Throne

Only one problem, it doesn’t. You have fallen victim to one of the classic blunders. You improved your home in a way only an owner like you could love. Every prospective buyer who comes into your home will see your golden throne. They will think that it is nice, but not see that it adds any real value. This is especially true when you compare what you initially spent on such an improvement. The truth is the prospective buyer who would see the value in your golden throne is probably out there. However, the majority of buyers will write it off as something that is nice but would not be willing to pay more for it.

This is something to keep in mind as you make improvements to your home. Would a prospective buyer actually see the value in the investments that you made, or would they rather buy your neighbors house without those improvements and save a little money.

We Can Help Protect You From The Dangers of Over Improving Your Home

Concerned that you might be making one of the classic blunders? Fear not, we are here to help. Contact us and we would be happy to provide insight into what renovation expenses will give you the best return on your investment.

Autumn Maintenance Tips

I know it is hard to believe that it is the first day of fall when the temperature is 80 plus degrees outside. But the calendar, and the crazy snow storm we have already had, let us know that we need to get ready. Here are 10 autumn maintenance tips.


  •  Disconnect hoses from your home.  I know because it is still warm you may be watering plants, but remember when done to disconnect the house from the house. 
  • Bring your outdoor furniture inside or purchase the water proof covers that are sold at Lowes, Home depot and online.  You may feel like the covers are too expensive, but having to replace furniture that gets damaged is expensive also.
  • Clean out the gutters on your home.  This is the time of year when gutters get filled with leaves.  Clean them and they will last longer.
  • Change your furnace filter. If your furnace is more than 3 years old it is a good idea to get in the habit of an annual service. 
  • Fertilize your lawn.  Doing that now will give the lawn a boost so it will be green sooner in the spring.


  • Trim trees and bushes.  An early snow, like we have already had, can really be hard on limbs. Giving them a good trim can remove limbs that might break in a storm.
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and CO detectors.
  • Time to start thinking about scheduling to get the lawn sprinklers blown out.  The City of Fort Collins is asking home owners to stop outdoor watering 10/1 this year because the Cameron Peak fire has the City not using water from the Poudre River.  Horsetooth reservoir dam is requiring maintenance, so water level is being lowered.  All of this means that water is scarcer.
  • Switch the direction of your ceiling fan.  You want the warm air to come down off the ceiling in the winter.  It can make such a difference and help you save on your heating bill. 
  • Check weatherstripping around doors and windows.  Having a weather tight house can also save you money on those winter utility bills. Chalk and weatherstripping can be purchased at the hardware store and fill gaps around windows.

There are a few autumn maintenance tips. Maintenance is the un-fun part of home ownership.  But taking a bit of time and doing these things can certainly improve your enjoyment of your home. Contact us if you need a recommendation for an excellent contractor to help with your home maintenance.