What are the most valuable upgrades I can make?

Before you even start thinking upgrades, it’s probably a good idea to have a trusted contractor or your realtor do a walk-through of your home. They will likely notice things that you might not realize need attention; things like adding insulation, refinishing your floors or pruning back overgrown shrubs.

If after these basics, you’ve still got the upgrade itch, the fine folks at HGTV say the following home improvements will get you the biggest bang for your buck:

  1. Minor Bathroom Remodel. Without giving vivid detail, even the cleanest bathroom can get pretty grimy after a while. There’s something about walking into a sparkling, bright bathroom that does wonders for potential buyers. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get your bathroom up to speed. Often all it takes is upgrading shower doors, replacing the tub, or even having it glazed. When such repairs are done well, they expect to bring 102% return at resale.
  2. Landscaping. Now we’re back talking about curb appeal again. Anything you invest in your yard, especially your front yard, you can expect to get back 100% of your cost when you sell your home. Easy upgrades include fresh sod, colorful plants or a decorative walkway. Even just adding a coat of sealant on flagstone gives a wet-look that adds to the overall appeal of your home’s landscaping.
  3. Minor Kitchen Remodel. Like the bathroom upgrade, we’re not suggesting you literally throw out the kitchen sink, but updating the larger focal points around the sink can make a big impact. Today’s laminate countertops mimic high-end stone and can be installed quickly. Older vinyl floors can be easily recovered with a more modern, durable look, while cabinets can be sanded and repainted in a contemporary color. Upgrades like these bring an average return of 99% at resale.

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