| September 25, 2013

Simple upgrades can make a big impact when it comes to selling your home, but when you're working within a budget it can be tough deciding which projects to put your money into.

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While there are many inexpensive ways to spruce up your pad, our friends over at Real Simple asked the experts which projects that won't pay off in the end.

  • Home office: “If you convert a bedroom into an office, your home will be listed as having one less bedroom―big mistake,” says FOX Business' Gerri Willis. Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group, a Manhattan real estate firm, agrees: “People try to envision a room for little Jenny but can’t make the leap past your piles of messy papers.”
  • Concrete patio: “It’s almost guaranteed to crack,” says Corcoran. “And there’s no good way to repair it. Plus, it reflects light, causing a harsh glare.”
  • Green marble counters: Steer clear of boldly colored finishes and materials. “Loud patterns can be off-putting, so don’t do anything radical,” says Vern Yip, a designer and the host of HGTV's Deserving Design. “If you’re going with granite counters, choose solid black.”