Not all home repairs and renovations are created equal. While many home improvements can increase the safety and comfort of your home, others can also increase your property’s equity and potential value at resale. As you think about which upgrades you want (and can afford to make), remember some projects offer considerably more financial payback than others. And when the timing’s right, a home improvement personal loan can help you launch your project quickly.
In Remodeling’s annual cost vs. value report, the average costs for popular home improvement projects with the best return on investment at resale are compared. We’ve rounded up the top five projects that bring an average ROI of 75 percent or more, and reasons why you might want to start planning for them now.
It might surprise you to learn that a relatively inexpensive job delivers the most bang for your buck. Replacing your old garage door with something more attractive instantly adds “curb appeal,” that priceless positive first impression someone gets upon seeing your home. And that’s not all. Installing a new door presents an opportunity to improve on the garage’s insulation. By choosing the right materials and resealing the door, you could keep the space warmer in winter and cooler in summer, possibly saving you money on your energy bill.
Another project that makes a good impression when people first see your home, manufactured stone is not stone, but actually made of cement. However, just like real stone, it adds a classic, old-world touch to the look of your home. Compared to wood veneer, manufactured stone veneer is very low maintenance and offers good fire resistance.
Keeping changes “minor” is the key to getting a good bang for your buck when it comes to kitchen improvements. Stick to the kind of renovations that make your kitchen easier to use, brighter, and safer. Focus on improving the workspace flow by maintaining “the kitchen triangle” (refrigerator, stove, and sink all within easy, close access). Look for alternatives to fashionable high-end materials. You can avoid the sticker shock of marble countertops with beautiful options like quartz, granite, or limestone. For flooring, non-wood materials like laminate or vinyl, are usually not only less expensive, but less vulnerable to scratches and easier to maintain than hard wood.
Outdoor space is a luxury that never goes out of style. A deck provides a place to entertain or recreate and a way to get fresh air in private. Decks effectively create additional usable square footage on your property. What’s more, you may be able to add a deck with minimal disruption to your daily life during construction.
Here’s another idea for an upgrade that will impress potential buyers the moment they drive up, as well as make the neigbors happy. After years of wear and tear from inclement weather, multiple paint jobs, or run-ins with mold, your old siding may be making your home look rundown. If a good wash, new paint job, or replacment of individual panels won’t do the trick, a total overhaul can be a really good value.
With the right home improvements, you can not only gain a more beautiful, comfortable, and functional nest, but peace of mind knowing you’re making a worthy investment. And when you’re ready to get your project started, if you don’t have the cash, a home improvement personal loan can help. Remember to explore home improvement loan options, do your research, and always shop around.
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