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15 dumb ways you're destroying the value of your home

Money Talks News Logo By Emily Guy Birken, Wise Bread of Money Talks News | Slide 1 of 16: In addition to being home sweet home, your house is probably your biggest asset. That means you want to do what you can to increase (or at least maintain) the value of your home.While some aspects of home value are out of your control — such as the value of neighboring houses, the quality of the local school district, and proximity to businesses or transportation — many homeowners believe that any work they do on their home can only help increase the house's value. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and well-meaning homeowners who simply want to improve their houses can end up destroying their home value without realizing it.To ensure that you won't face any unpleasant surprises when it comes time to sell, avoid making any of these 15 mistakes that can sink your home's value.See our guide for best credit cards for home renovation.

15 dumb ways you're destroying the value of your home

In addition to being home sweet home, your house is probably your biggest asset. That means you want to do what you can to increase (or at least maintain) the value of your home.

While some aspects of home value are out of your control — such as the value of neighboring houses, the quality of the local school district, and proximity to businesses or transportation — many homeowners believe that any work they do on their home can only help increase the house's value. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and well-meaning homeowners who simply want to improve their houses can end up destroying their home value without realizing it.

To ensure that you won't face any unpleasant surprises when it comes time to sell, avoid making any of these 15 mistakes that can sink your home's value. Click through to see them all, then see our guide for best credit cards for home renovation.

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