Don’t Damage Your Home with These Home-Improvement Mistakes

You want your house to always look its best. But there are some home improvements that can actually damage your residence — and hurt its chances of selling in the future — if you take them too far.


REALTOR® Magazine recently ran a list of bad home-improvement habits. It’s an interesting list, and here some of the key home-improvement mistakes to avoid.


Scrubbing that sink a bit too hard: We all want sparkling clean kitchen sinks. But you can damage your sink by using abrasive cleaners, according to the story. These cleaners can scratch your sink or, if you scrub too much with them over time, dull its shine. The story’s recommendation? Try using lemon juice or vinegar on your sinks, and resist the temptation to scrub them every day.


Planting trees along your sidewalk: The right landscaping can certainly draw the attention of potential home buyers. But panting a row of trees along your driveway or sidewalks can actually cause future problems. As these trees grow, they might push at the walkways and driveways alongside them. This can cause concrete or pavement to buckle and crack. That is a look sure to turn off potential buyers.


Too much mulch: Mulch is an effective tool for keeping weeds at bay. But too much mulch can actually damage your outdoor gardens and landscaping. That’s because layering on too much mulch can kill off plants and keep water from percolating into the soil, according to the REALTOR® Magazine story. All those dead plants certainly won’t look good to home buyers.


Using the wrong cleansers on mirrors: You want your mirrors to be streak- and fingerprint-free when potential buyers are touring it. But be careful when using store-bought glass cleaners. These cleaners, when drops of them run around a mirror’s edge, can cause the reflective backing of a mirror to lift or warp, according to the story. Instead, clean your mirrors with warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth. If you can’t live without your glass cleaner, the story recommend that you spray the cleaner into a dry cloth first instead of squirting it directly onto the mirror’s surface.