All home improvement projects aren’t created equally, especially when it comes to resale value. If you want to get the most out of your improvement projects ––check out the top projects WE think will achieve a better resale value!.
- Replace Your Garage Door: A garage door replacement basically pays for itself, according to statistics. Not only does it add over $3,400 in resale value to your property, but it also can enhance curb appeal, making it easier to market your home and attract future buyers.
- Add Stone Veneer Siding: Do you have dated vinyl siding on your home? Consider swapping it out with manufactured stone veneer and give the exterior a serious upgrade. Stone veneer not only looks better, but it can also help the home better withstand harsh weather conditions and make your property more marketable (and better-looking in listing photos).
- Install a Steel Front Door: Replacing your existing front door with a steel one can be a great way to add curb appeal, while also making the home safer and more secure — both perks for potential buyers. Consider choosing a steel door with decorative options, like glass paneling, a metal doorstop or paint to match your home’s existing shutters or trim.
- Add a Wood Deck Out Back: Score serious resale value by adding a wood deck to your backyard. Though decks are one of the costlier projects on this list, they can mean $9,000 more when it comes time to sell. Just make sure to add railings, pressure-treat the wood, and seal it to protect it from the elements.
- Remodel Your Kitchen: A minor kitchen remodel recoups more of its value than a full-scale overhaul does, so try to keep it simple. Upgrade your cabinetry, replace the countertops with quartz or marble, and install new, energy-efficient appliances. Adding tile flooring or a farmhouse-style sink can also increase appeal while upping your home’s value.
- Replace Your Exterior Siding: Not up for the stone veneer siding? Consider upgrading to new vinyl or Hardie siding instead. Though the full replacement could cost you upwards of $15,000, you’ll get nearly $12,000 of that back upon sale. An added bonus? Your home will look newer than ever.
- Swap Out Your Windows: Upgrading your windows can add nearly $12,000 in resale value to your home. If you choose tinted or double-paned ones, it might even help you save on future energy costs as well (which could be a big selling-point for budget-conscious buyers).
As a general Dluxuss rule, keep your upgrades sensible and practical, and choose colors, materials, and fittings that will appeal to a broad range of future buyers. If it’s too trendy or too custom-fit, it will likely alienate some buyers when you’re ready to sell.
So no matter how intrepid you are, we suggest leaving these five projects to the pros.