Most home owners renovate their homes because they have a vision of how their home could be better. They believe that in the end they will see an increase in the value of their home. But as many a wizened home renovator knows, this isn't always the case.
View the slideshow above for five home improvements to avoid.
Before you spend money on those home improvements you think you can't live without, you need to consider how long you're planning to live in your home. Only a couple years? Then, you really want to pay attention to the cost versus value ratio of any extensive projects.
Are you in your home for the long term, trying to turn it into the castle that you've always wanted -- perhaps complete with a moat and drawbridge? Well, then you shouldn't look so much to the cost versus value ratio, but rather look more to the amount of enjoyment that you'll get out of the house. Who knows? Perhaps in twenty years moats and drawbridges will be all the rage.
According to the Census Bureau, the average American moves about 12 times during his or her lifetime. This means that most of us probably do care about the return on our investment. To get the most bang out of your renovating buck, here are five home improvements that you should NOT do.
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