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Six Remodel Projects Worth the Investment

Remodels are typically done for one of two reasons: to make a home more enjoyable for the current owner, or to increase the resale value for the future. If you’re happy with the way your home looks and feels, you may wonder if it’s worth remodeling to increase the resale value. Adding value is a good idea, but it’s often hard to know where to start. Below are six remodeling projects worth the investment and that can usually add more resale value. 

Home Window Replacement

Swapping out old windows for newer, more energy efficient ones will cost an average of $10,926, but the return on that investment is 79.3%. It will lower your energy bills and improve the aesthetics of the exterior of your home, as well. Houston Window Experts say some of the best investments are fiberglass windows and thermal aluminum which can help increase your home’s energy efficiency and lower heating costs.

Garage Door Replacement

Replacing your garage door will cost you about $1,500, but yields an 83.7% return. It can also increase the security of your garage and improve the curb appeal of your home. A better running door opener can also be a selling point to many new homeowners.

Small Bathroom Remodel

Minor upgrades and changes to your bathroom can give it a fresh new life, and for an investment of $10,500, can also give you a 102% return when you sell. Doing some or all the work yourself can also save you some money, while still giving you great value. 

Upgraded Landscaping

A patchy lawn with brown spots might make mowing easier on you, but it definitely doesn’t increase the look or value of your home. Good landscaping brings a 100% return on your investment, and the investment is usually small. You can re-sod your lawn for about $1,500. Add flowers and shrubs, neatly trimmed and with varying heights and colors, to create a gorgeous garden space that draws attention. 

Add More Insulation

New and/or increased attic insulation is an inexpensive project that can be completed quickly for about $1,500. It has an estimated return of 108% when you sell your home. It’s also got the added benefit of keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which will reduce your energy bills.

Minor Kitchen Work

You don’t need to do a complete overhaul of the kitchen, but refacing the cabinets or updating some finishes can make your kitchen look new and contemporary while not costing a fortune. A minor remodel provides about an 80% return on your investment, while a major midrange remodel will only net you about a 65% return. 

Whether you’re remodeling for your own pleasure and convenience, or the possibility of selling someday, smaller projects can often net you the best results. Completed more quickly and with bigger returns on investment, you can settle in and be comfortable.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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