Appraisal value affected by maximalist design

Design, style and ‘clutter’: Do they affect appraised value?

The answer depends. As an appraiser, I'm often asked some version of this question: "My house is a mess and I just found out they want to send the appraiser tomorrow. Do you think it'll make a huge difference to the appraised value?" And more recently, in the era of minimalism, I also get asked whether a more 'maximalist' approach to interior design will negatively impact value. The standard, professional answer is, of course: "No, it won't affect value.…...
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Kevin Slemko AACI on the problem of overimprovement

“But that bathroom cost me $27,000!”

When valuations don't reflect the money the homeowner spent I hadn't been an AACI for very long when it happened: I was doing an inspection of a pretty standard, older 3-bedroom bungalow outside of Hamilton, and the homeowner insisted I see the master bathroom first. "You have to see this!" he said, leading me toward the back of the house. When I got to the bathroom door, I guess my face didn't register the amazement he expected, because he started…...
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