Home Improvement

Which Home Improvement Projects Add Value To Your Home?

Ways to get more money for your home

If you’re considering some improvement projects in the upcoming year, it’s important to consider which ones will give you a strong return on your investment, and which ones may be more for your comfort and enjoyment and less about recouping your money. For example, cleaning a dingy 10-year-old roof is a no-brainer. If you are leaning toward building a $10,000 movie room, you might not add the value you’re dreaming of.

It’s important to remember, though, that most buyers won’t get beyond a moss covered roof or moldy basement smell even if you just completed a high-dollar kitchen renovation, so make sure to prioritize your home maintenance projects first.

Let’s look at some projects that will give you the most bang for your buck.

 Start with your door

If you’re looking for that one home improvement project that will give you back every bit of what you spent, and maybe more, start with your front door. A steel entry door is reported to return 101.8 percent of the initial investment upon selling the home.  A new door can really refresh your home’s look, which will make it appeal to more buyers.

Cleaning a roof 

Nothing says a home is unloved more than an stained, moss covered roof and it’s a huge buyer turnoff from the moment they pull up to the curb. Plus a roof cleaning yields a high-value return. When selecting a roof cleaning contractor make sure to choose one that is trained is soft wash cleaning. If the contractor says they are going to use a power washer, or surface cleaner on your roof, do not hire them. More damage will be done to the shingles than having moss on the roof would do. Make sure you’re getting similar estimates and similar action plans for the cleaning.

A minor kitchen renovation

Small kitchen projects earn a return on investment of more than 83 percent. According to a Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine, for every $100 spent on a minor kitchen upgrade, a home’s value increases by $83, on average. These items include resurfacing kitchen cabinets, upgrading counter surfaces, replacing older appliances, or swapping out old, dated cabinet hardware for a new trendier look.

Add a wood deck 

A home’s deck is a popular social center that home buyers prefer over more traditional patios and with this home improvement project you really can’t go wrong. The National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), estimate that a new wood deck will recover 106 percent of its value when the house is sold. If you already have a deck, make sure it is clean.

A minor bathroom remodel

HGTV reports that replacing a bathroom tub and tile surround, floor, toilet, sink vanity and fixtures will cost around $10,500 and yield a recoup rate of 102 percent. You can work on other projects yourself like fresh caulk and fresh paint.

Home improvement projects can range in scale and cost and you don’t have to just focus on the major renovations. Here’s a list of easy and inexpensive DIY projects that you can tackle yourself that will also improve your home’s value:

  • A fresh coat of paint.
  • Cleaning the exterior of your home.
  • Cleaning up your home’s landscaping.
  • Switching out an old light fixture.
  • A thorough decluttering.
  • Painting cabinets.

Whatever project you chose to tackle make sure you take a good look at whether you’ll be increasing your property value or merely adding to your pleasure. While you’re dreaming of installing that new backyard pool, home buyers often see that as an unwanted maintenance feature that they’re unwilling to pay for. The same goes for rooms that eat up space for a specific homeowner purpose, like craft rooms, wine cellars or home gyms.

There’s plenty of great ways to increase your home’s value from spending $100 to $50,000. If you didn’t find the project you’re considering here, take the time to do the research to make sure your spending money you’ll likely get back.