5 Things Homeowners Totally Regret Having in Their Houses

According to a recent survey, people aren't crazy about their home's fireplace or hardwood floors.

If you're like most people, you have at least a couple regrets about the features in your home—and quarantine has likely made you even more aware of the things that make you cringe. Whether it's the floral wallpaper in the bathroom or the mismatched handles on the kitchen cabinets, there is nothing worse than belated buyer's remorse when it comes to anything related to your home. To get some insight into what homeowners hate about their houses, we looked at Eerie Insurance's 2019 national survey of 500 U.S. homeowners, who were asked what features they wish they didn't have in their home. Read on for the top five things homeowners regret having in their houses, so that you can learn from their mistakes! And for other residential regrets, check out 15 Common Homeowner Mistakes You Didn't Realize You Can Be Fined For.

Hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring

When shopping for a new home, people tend to opt for houses with hardwood floors rather than those with carpet or outdated tiles. At first glance, hardwood flooring provides a sleeker look and appears easy to clean. However, 9.2 percent of the homeowners surveyed said they regret having glossy hardwoods.

Granite countertops

Granite countertop

While granite can look gorgeous at first glance, difficulty maintaining its aesthetic appeal is just one of the reasons nearly 8 percent of survey participants said they regret the countertop material. So, next time you're looking to redo your kitchen or bathroom, consider marble, concrete, or quartz countertops instead.

Stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances have monopolized the market for years now, but it seems not everyone—7.6 percent of respondents, to be exact—is on board with these sleek looking fixtures once they have them in their home. Some alternate options to consider might be wood-paneled, matte black, or appliances with a retro aesthetic. And for some fun home DIY projects you can do during lockdown, check out 15 Great Home Projects to Tackle While You're Quarantined.

A fireplace


A fireplace may feel like a savvy choice when it's the middle of winter and you're snuggled up on a snowy night. However, these quaint home features are only useful for a few months at most. For the larger chunk of the year, fireplaces don't do much else but collect dirt, soot, and dust. They can also limit the amount of wall space you have for furniture and other décor. That's why 7.4 percent of respondents said they regret having the drafty caverns in their home.

A deck

Deck behing a home

Having an outdoor deck for socializing and grilling can be a great feature, but it can also cut down your yard space—limiting your ability to do things like put in a pool or plant a garden. And for 7.2 percent of homeowners surveyed, that makes decks a major regret. And if you want help getting your yard ready for the warmer weather, check out 15 Incredible Products That Will Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Spring.

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