Home Improvements That Pay Off

According sites like HGTV, DIY Network and Bob Vila there are certain home improvement updates that you can do to your home that bring back the highest return on investment:

I. Bathroom remodeling/updates tops the home improvement list, there are things you can do such as replacing your tub, tile surrounds, flooring, toilet, sink, vanity and fixtures. These remodels usually return about 100% dollars invested at resale, according to DIY Network:

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II. Landscaping is another improvement area that can bring on average 100% return at resale. The average homeowner spends about $3,502 for landscaping and another $1,465 on a designer, according to the American Nursery and Landscape Association.

According to Bob Vila’s article Landscaping: A Good Investment

First impressions are as important for houses as they are for people. If you are considering selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% of value to your home. Make sure to follow these basic rules in order to get the best return on your investment.


If you have a small yard there are 12 ways you can make the most of that yard

1. Create steps and levels to define spaces in the yard
2. Use garden containers to create more variety of plants in specific areas.
3. Use natural elements like hedges for privacy instead building fences.
Read The Full Article Here: 1 Dozen Ways To Make The Most Of A Small Yard

III. Kitchen remodels are the next area of the home that brings the most bang for your buck, there are some important areas that will keep your kitchen makeover under budget. On average the return for a “proper” kitchen remodel returns nearly 98.5% at resale.

The gourmet cook can justify an inflated budget for appliances and the splurge on a professional range. The entertainer sees a warming drawer and wine cooler as necessities. The busy family needs storage, storage … and more storage in those cabinets. And then there’s the question of resale: How important is it for you to get a nice return-on-investment for your project? Or, are you designing a kitchen for the home you plan to live in forever?

Designer, Alicia Friedmann

If you are having a hard time deciding where to start just think of the project in the following manner, your kitchen budget should account for how you live your dollar should be spent accordingly on the areas that are most important to you.

For more ideas on the completing your kitchen remodel read the full article here:
Kitchen Remodeling: Where to Splurge, Where to Save

Keep in mind when thinking of sinking money into home improvement project, what you get back on your investment depends on the value of your house these improvements don’t exist in a vacuum. Where you live has more to do with it than anything else check with a real estate agent to get detailed comparables or “comps” of sold homes before you begin your project.

Lastly, don’t overlook general home maintenance, even though you have updated kitchens and baths and created a sharp curb appeal if there is water in the basement, or your roof has two layers that are 30 years old; all of the glamour of those investments are diminished. Your first priority should be to keep the structure of your home sound, resolve any problems first and go after luxury home improvement jobs later.

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