Return on Renovations

Return on Renovations

  • Michelle Schipper
  • 12/17/20


As a new or existing homeowner, you will most likely re-sell your property at some point in the future. Oftentimes, as properties age, their appeal can substantially subside. A facelift may be in order to help restore lost market value. To ensure you reap all the benefits home improvements have to offer, take a closer look at which renovations give you the most return on your money. After all, any home improvements or renovations you make should increase the overall market value of your home; not leave you out of pocket.

So, which property renovations will produce the highest return on investment for your home?

Return on Renovation Index

The return on renovations has a great deal to do with the current market value of your home. Certain improvements can increase the value of some properties and be a complete misuse of time and money for others.

Examine the charts below to see what improvements prove to be the most valuable investments for your home.

  1. Spa Inspired Bathrooms - Everyone wants to have the ultimate relaxation retreat in their home. A raindrop showerhead, glass steam shower, and soaker tub are just a few mentionable luxuries. Upgrading a bathroom can produce a return on investment of 56% higher than the average renovation. A great bathroom that stylishly combines form and function will win over buyers.
  2. Kitchens Are the Heart of the Home - It’s where the whole family and your guests want to be. Whether you’re cooking for 2 or 10, or refueling on the go, it’s a space that needs to meet your needs. That’s why kitchen upgrades can produce a return on investment of 44% higher than other home improvements you might consider. Appliance upgrades are a key factor in kitchen renovations. Brand name stainless steel appliances become an attractive feature for home buyers. Upgrades like maple wood cabinetry and granite countertops are always impressive choices. Brushed stainless steel hardware and plumbing fixtures add the finishing touches to any contemporary kitchen renovation.
  3. Freshen Up With Paint - Painting, a fairly simple and inexpensive update, is so often overlooked for its remarkable effect. It adds depth and cohesiveness to any room, by completing a look and accenting furniture. Expect a return on investment of 29% higher than other home renovations. Try neutral tones of beige, brown, and grey; they complement almost all furniture types. Keep bold colors for your décor pieces like pillows, throws, and room accents. Most new home buyers despise having to repaint an entire home to suit their style, so keep colors neutral.
  4. Floors That Gleam - Hardwood or tile floors in a home can have a great impact on home appeal. It means lower maintenance and easier clean-up than more traditional wall-to-wall carpet. It can also add a modern flair to any home if the right choices are made. Maple hardwood, slate tiles, laminates, or ceramics can add elements of texture and dimension to open up any space. Flooring upgrades can produce a return on investment of 22% higher than the average home reno. To achieve a more contemporary look, choose dark colors for hardwood and tile. It creates a more polished and sophisticated look. Also, draw attention to floors with interesting rugs that flatter.
  5. Fireplaces Make for Cozy Living - Warming up by a fire can make even the worst winter weather seem bearable. The ambiance of a fireplace fills any room with a warm and comfortable glow. If you’re looking to install or upgrade a fireplace in your home, expect a return on investment of 11% higher than other home improvements you might consider. Gas fireplaces nowadays are the most popular choice; with greater efficiency, ease of use, and maintenance than their more traditional wood-burning counterpart. Styles range from a more traditional hearth to ultra-modern stainless steel. Choose a contemporary design to satisfy any design style.
  6. Landscaping Boosts Curb Appeal - Making a good impression on a potential home buyer starts from the outside in. Landscaping the front and back of your property is a relatively inexpensive way to breathe new life into an average home. Landscaping can provide a return on investment of 7% higher than other home improvements you might consider. Creating curb appeal can be easy and affordable. Placing potted plants, flowers, trees, or shrubs at the front entrance of a home creates an inviting ambiance that frames your doorway. Polish up a tiered backyard with tiki torches, a natural stepping-stone pathway, pond, or flowering shrubs. A fountain and small bench can also add just enough elegance to create a cozy outdoor retreat.

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