A modern, upscale kitchen may look fancy and impressive, but is it worth the price? Whether you’re selling your home now or later, it’s essential to always consider how much of your home improvement investments will be recouped when the time comes.
Bigger isn’t always better. These minor home-improvement upgrades will give you the most value for your money for less.
Increase Curb Appeal
The front is the first thing a potential buyer sees when they check a home they’re interested in, so it makes sense to create an appealing impression. Plus, it’s a known fact that pretty packaging attracts more potential buyers.
You don’t need anything major to increase your curb appeal. If your entrance is kept in good condition, a thorough cleaning and a new paint job can be enough to freshen up your curb.
The door is the centerpiece of your entrance, so ensure that it’s still clean, smooth, and sturdy. Give it give a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint to make it look brand-new. Just a tip: if your home has been broken into before, get new and quality locks. There will be visible signs of attempted break-ins on your door, which is a huge turn-off for potential customers.
For your own security, check how your door and locks hold up to force, and try picking locks even with the use of these simple tools to test them yourself.back to menu ↑
Update Bathroom Fixtures
The bathroom is an essential part of the house. It’s usually one of the first things interested parties check when they shop for homes. Remodeling your bathroom isn’t the most lucrative investment, and most home buyers aren’t really looking for a luxurious, spa-like bathroom.
However, you should make sure that all the bathroom fixtures are working perfectly when you sell your home. More than a new counter, buyers want to see functioning showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
If the toilet dates back to the early ’90s, consider getting a replacement. Aside from probably looking grungy, old toilets waste a lot of water and are prone to problems. Think about switching to a low-flush macerating toilet with an upflush system for more water savings, clog prevention, and a hassle-free installation.back to menu ↑
Add Manufactured Stone Veneer
When Remodeling magazine released its Cost versus Value Report this year, manufactured stone veneer ranked on top of the list of best home improvements for your money. According to the report, a stone veneer has 94.9 percent ROI (return of investment).
Adding a midrange stone veneer will cost around $8,449 and will return about 95 percent of your investment.back to menu ↑
Replace Garage Door
In the same report by Remodeling, a new garage door ranked on top of the list of most-value-for-your-money home improvements. Replacing your garage door yields a 97.5 percent ROI with an average cost of $3,611. The upgrade is well worth the new energy-efficient door, foam insulation, and thermal seals.back to menu ↑
A kitchen remodel can be lucrative as long as you keep it minor. An upscale kitchen remodel is one of the most impractical home improvements, but a minor remodeling job is well within the gainful side. Remodeling magazine reports an 80.5 percent ROI for a minor kitchen remodeling.back to menu ↑
Before You Go
When it’s time to move and sell houses, all homeowners will, understandably, want to get the most value for their sale. The money you earn can be used to pay for your new place or the loan you took for all the work you’ve done to the house. Home-improvement upgrades will help add value to your home, but you need to be wise and informed about choosing which project will yield the most ROI.