Have you ever thought about remodeling your home?

As a homeowner, if you’re thinking about taking on a project or two in your home you might want to consider what would give you the most return on your investment.

Here are some ways that you increase the market value of your home.

Finish the Basement

Many basements are plain, empty and unused spaces that rarely see any visitors. Why let all that space go to waste? Create an entertainment area that will “wow” your guests! Adding a fabulous bar area, seating and beautiful finishes will add character and value to your home.

Add a Deck

There’s nothing like relaxing on a deck in the summertime with a cool drink in your hand. If you don’t already have one, build one! However, you don’t want your deck to be too big or too small – it shouldn’t be more than a third of your house. Most decks cost about $10,000, give or take. Keep in mind that an appraiser’s job is to find homes that are very similar within a mile away of your home, so matching your improvements to the homes in your neighborhood is very important.

Do a Bath Remodel

Transform an ugly duckling into a swan of a master bath by finding more space – without building an addition. Stealing space can be a better solution if you can find the extra square footage, like opening up a closet to make more room, creating separate his-and-her areas with separate sinks, or adding a skylight to bring in valuable natural light.

If a complete overhaul isn’t your forte, keep it simple! Minor changes can be advantageous because they cost less and often net a greater return than the investment. If you have old tile or a dated tub, sink and toilet, consider replacing those items. If you keep the same layout there’s not a lot of expense that has to go into it. Updating light fixtures, linens and accessories are easy ways to breathe new life into the space.

Paint, Paint and More Paint

Don’t be afraid of paint. It is one of the easiest and inexpensive things to do to dramatically change the look of your home. Here are some tips: If you are not sure about your color sense, bring in a professional color specialist to help. Also, think classic and neutral. A future buyer needs to be able to picture living in your home, and too much personalization can prevent that. If your painting skills are below par, hire someone. In the end, it evens out because nothing is worse then a bad paint job. So fight your fear of commitment, and splash a little color on those walls!

On to the Attic!

Renovate your attic. The space above a garage is often small, dusty and cramped space and sometimes rarely even used for storage. Why not turn it into a bedroom suite? Add as many windows as possible for that precious natural light. Recessed windows, hardwood flooring, built-ins and custom seating are also great ways to add value.

Build a Second Floor

If you’re looking for a long term project, adding a second story can do more than just create square footage, it can bring balance to an uneven house. A flat roof over a garage can be an eyesore as well as a huge waste of space. You could solve both problems at the same time by adding on to the top of the garage. Use all that dead space to build a master suite or a reading room. You will not only add space, but you will also add tremendous curb appeal.

Keep Rooms Flexible

Does your home have a unique specialty room? No one’s saying you need to give up your “special place,” but it’s important to hold back a little. Too much customization can be a problem if you ever plan to sell your home, so try not to overdo it. Things like hardwood floors, wiring for cable, phone and DSL, and plenty of windows are good ways to customize while keeping the room versatile. Another idea is to make the space one that can easily be converted into a guest suite, studio, family room or a den.

Revive the Kitchen

If you get creative and think about some small changes you can make in your kitchen, you won’t have to spend a ton of money. Take down the rooster wallpaper and paint it a neutral color! More and more buyers are expecting some standard items in a kitchen – things like granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances. Throw in new modern light fixtures and you’ve got a great-looking, updated space. Whether they can cook or not, a kitchen is a huge prospect for a buyer. Bottom line: kitchens sell houses, so investing in an improvement in this room is the way to go.

Spruce Up the Outside

Replacing siding is a number 1 pick for home improvements that add value to your home and makes it a whole lot easier to sell. Here is your chance to make a great first impression in the real estate world! If your siding is in bad shape, your home could earn the title of fixer-upper. You can usually judge a book by its cover, so cracked or broken siding sets the tone for expectations of what potential buyers will find inside the house. Try adding curb appeal and lower maintenance with composite siding. Cement board siding is efficient, it lasts, and it’s little maintenance, but keep a look out for peeling paint! In a lot of cases, peeling paint ends up being a deal breaker, so make sure you address it before putting your house up for sale.

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