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No matter how strong or weak the market, making the right home improvements that will add equity to your house is a simple matter of knowing where to put those hard earned dollars.
Understanding how much
you have to spend, setting realistic expectations of how much you will
recoup if sold for each improvement made and along those lines determining
the right improvements to make. The majority of people when undertaking home
improvements projects really do not understand where the best places are to
make those improvements to add value to the home. Remember this is probably
your single most expensive investment that you will make in your
lifetime....so why not put those hard earned dollars to work for you.
One of the best ways to add value is curb appeal because how you present your home from the outside forms the first and most lasting impression with potential buyers. According to Remodeling magazine's "Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report 2006," the project that will bring the highest return on your investment is new vinyl siding. Nationwide, homeowners can expect a huge return on high-quality, low-maintenance vinyl siding. For homes that can benefit from higher-cost, upscale building products, like foam-backed vinyl siding, the return approaches 90 percent.
Replacement windows add to curb appeal and speak to the quality of your home right from the street. New windows are sharp-looking, energy-efficient and easy to operate. They add to your home's equity and are second only to new siding in return-on-investment. Likewise, a new deck improves the exterior appeal of the home and adds outdoor living space. To capitalize on this asset, realtors suggest staging the deck with furniture, a grill and potted plants.
Best Upgrades for Inside the Home
Bathrooms and the number of bathrooms are still the number-one place to recoup expenditures in your home. If you do not have a guest half-bath, the investment of adding one will certainly bring a return when you sell the home. When upgrading your shower, consider an oversized shower with a rainhead instead of a spa tub. While tubs are luxurious, most families still want a shower where they can bathe quickly and a tub that is easy for bathing children.
Improving your existing kitchen with a minor remodel is likely to bring a high return when you sell your home. Minor remodels include updating appliances, countertops and flooring as well as re-facing or replacing cabinets. In the kitchen, as with all improvements, it's important to stay within a budget.
Creating New Space
Adding a bedroom or family living area to an attic is a wise use of space and dollars. Not only does it make use of existing, unused space, it insulates under the roof and makes dead space energy-efficient. Improvements that are energy-efficient are selling features in all areas of the country. Attic rooms can also be versatile or multi-purpose spaces. A guest room, bedroom or teen gathering place can double as a craft room or office.
A basement remodel is also a sensible use of your dollars. Like the attic, it's existing space waiting to be converted. The dollars spent to convert it are easily recouped in resale value. Buyers are looking for added family space and home theaters, which are easily accommodated in remodeled basements.