Myths are a common part of daily life. Some have a basis, while others are just costly misconceptions that derail our efforts to make it in life. Home remodeling and improvement have its share of myths, too. Since it’s a costly venture, it’s important to debunk the most common to help you save some bucks. Knowing what to avoid when remodeling will give you purpose long before you hire a remodeling company. This will also help you set a budget and work towards saving the right amount of money for the project. Here are the top myths you should be on the lookout for:

Trendy is the best choice.

Trends come and go. What is trendy this year might be out of style two years down the line, rendering your renovations valueless. Steer clear of trends that add no value to the comfort or security of a house. Sticking to tested and proven remodels will not only guarantee your improvement’s longevity but also make the house appealing to a wider audience.

Expensive furniture means quality.

Expensive fixtures and add-ons might look flashy but won’t necessarily add value to your home. It might scare off prospective buyers who think the expensive fixtures will be too costly to maintain. Adding an excellent security system, for instance, could give you the wow factor. But, most buyers will look for an alternative since many don’t think the extra amount for the home automation or security system will be worth it.

DIY improvements will always count.

Your knowledge will rarely be enough to become impressive design versatile remodeling projects on your own. If you don’t have the right skill, time or experience, you might end up devaluing your home rather than improving its value. Your DIY remodeling projects might look good to you but may fail to pass structural integrity inspections. If you must DIY, stick to simple projects like painting or add-on fixtures that won’t affect the house immensely.

A pool or a hot tub will add value.

Happy boy playing with bubbles in hot tube on the back yardA swimming pool or a hot tub isn’t always a selling point. You have to match the pool to the location and climate. A pool in a hot area will have more value as opposed to setting one up in a cold region.

Moreover, a pool in a relatively small and affordable house won’t add value to the property. Most people buying such houses will be looking for practicality and will rarely be excited about a pool. For them, it may only mean added maintenance costs or “wasted” backyard space. Adding a pool to a big house with a sizeable yard, on the other hand, can be an excellent choice.

Consulting with your local contractor and searching online about what potential buyers look for will help you make the right renovations that will add value to your property. Ask the right questions that will help you make an informed decision. This is always a clever idea even if you don’t see yourself selling your property in the future.