20 Home Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

Your home isn’t just a source of pride or a place where you can relax after a long day — it’s also an investment in your family’s future. And while it’s natural to want to make improvements to increase your home’s resale value, some renovations will actually cost you money in the long run. Just because you see something as an improvement doesn’t mean a potential buyer will feel the same way.

Find out which of these bad renovations you should avoid if you’re looking to make upgrades to your home this summer.

Last updated: July 8, 2020

Lavish Lighting Fixtures

One common home improvement mistake is falling in love with unique or lavish light fixtures, said Alon Barzilay, founder of real estate development company Urban Conversions.

“Whether it be ceiling-mounted lights in a dining room or a hanging pendant, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you

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Design Worlds Collide in De Padova and Time & Style’s Collaborative Furniture Collection

De Padova and Time & Style have both made big names for themselves in the furniture world — each holding true to its own particular brand of style and aesthetics. Now, their mutual respect for the craft has brought them together on a new line called the Time & Style Edition collection, and it encapsulates the best of both Italian and Japanese elements.

A simple wooden chair featured in De Padova and Time & Style's new collaborative furniture collection.
A simple wooden chair featured in De Padova and Time & Style’s new collaborative furniture collection.

17 pieces make up the new collection, with pieces running the gamut of standard home furnishings. The melded styles are apparent all throughout, like in the “Sensitive Light” chair, which boasts trademark Danish-influenced simplicity and light, sleek design for added versatility and mobility. The “Bombori” lamp champions Japanese craftsmanship with its hand-bent wooden spines and washi paper shade that nods to traditional paper lanterns. According to De Padova CEO Roberto Gavazzi,

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What These 25 HGTV Stars Did Before They Were Famous

Your favorite HGTV hosts offer everything from homebuying advice to renovation tips. After binge-watching more episodes of their addictive shows than you’ll care to admit, it’s hard to imagine these HGTV stars doing anything but doling out home advice to the masses. But these hosts had to earn a living somehow before they became reality show stalwarts.

See what the stars of these popular HGTV TV shows were doing before they were famous.

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Christina Anstead

Known for: “Flip or Flop” and “Christina on the Coast”

Then: Before “Flip or Flop” debuted in 2013, she was a real estate agent who had recently forayed into the house-flipping business with now-ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.

Now: Beyond filming “Flip or Flop,” the interior design expert is busy with her own HGTV show, “Christina on the Coast,” which premiered in early 2019 and follows Anstead as she expands

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How to perfect a manicure at home as nail salons remain closed

As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: Harriet Westmoreland/iStock
As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: Harriet Westmoreland/iStock

On 23 June, Boris Johnson announced that some lockdown restrictions in England would be eased to allow pubs, restaurants, campsites, hotels and hairdressers to reopen on 4 July, with social distancing measures in place.

These new guidelines haven’t extended to nails salons, however, or spas and tattoo parlours, which will remain closed.

The prime minister explained to the House of Commons that nail salons will be able to reopen when the government feels “confident” the business can operate “in a Covid-secure way”.

The decision to keep salons closed is due to the unavoidable close proximity between nail technicians and customers and often busy waiting areas that can make it difficult to adhere to social distancing.

The move has attracted criticism as nail salons have not had work for months,

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