Nine home improvement projects that will add value to your home

Nine home improvement projects that will add value to your home

There are generally two kinds of home improvement projects. One is the dream remodel like installing the largest, most luxurious hot tub you can find in your master bath because you’ve always wanted one. The other is more practical and is aimed at adding onto the dollar amount your home is worth. Dream remodels are great if you don’t plan on moving and want to turn your home into your dream home. But large-scale luxurious remodeling projects don’t recoup much of their costs when it’s time to sell so you may want to wait on that Jacuzzi tub if you’re going to move in two or three years. Here are nine projects you can do that will practically pay for themselves.




  1. Fix the floors. Prospective buyers love hardwood flooring. If you invest in wood floors, you can expect to get a good chunk of that cost back when you sell down the road.


  3. Get tiling. A little bit of tile, either in a shower or as a backsplash in the kitchen, can go a long way. It’s a great way to add color and texture to your home and it’s a small detail that will help sell your home.


  5. Paint the walls. Your walls will get pretty dinged up over time. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference. Just don’t go with a dark or bold color if you plan to sell because most buyers will prefer a light, neutral color.


  7. Replace kitchen cupboards. A complete kitchen makeover can cost tens of thousands of dollars and you won’t get much of that back. But by replacing the cabinets, resurfacing them, or even swapping out the cabinet hardware with something nice can update the look of your kitchen without spending a fortune.


  9. Use a darker grout on tiles. One problem with tile floors is that the grout can start to look grimy over time. If you use a darker grout, you don’t have to worry about that problem and it stands out to buyers.


  11. Spruce up the yard. Curb appeal is all important when it comes to selling your home. A little bit of landscaping is money well spent.


  13. Replace your front door. Replacing the front door is considered one of the most cost effective improvements you can make to your home. You can expect to recoup nearly 100% of the cost of a new door.


  15. Recarpet. Nothing dates a home quite like old carpeting. As with paint, go with a light, neutral color when you replace the carpets.


  17. Use mirrors strategically. Do you want to make your home seem a little larger without spending a fortune on an addition? By placing large mirrors opposite windows you can enlarge a space and make it feel more open and airy.


    Source: Huffington Post

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