According to a recent survey of real estate agents in Money Magazine, the following renovations can actually hurt the value of your home:
(1) Swimming pools (except in hot-weather areas such as Arizona and Florida). Potential buyers will worry about safety, upkeep, and insurance.
(2) An addition that doesn’t enhance your home’s exterior. To be honest, I have a hard time seeing how this will hurt the value of your home, but I can imagine that it wouldn’t help as much
(3) Trendy hardware and appliance finishes. Trends change, and what’s popular now my be out-of-date shortly.
(4) Circular bath with massaging jets. Here again, I have a hard time seeing how this would hurt, as opposed to just failing to help your home’s value.