Home improvements that pay

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We're in our homes day in and day out. Indeed, our homes are where we spend the majority of our time. As time passes, inevitably things wear out, or we're ready for a bit of a change. Suddenly you're up to your eyeballs in drywall with a human-sized hole in what was once your bedroom wall, and you're wondering where you went wrong.

Home improvement isn't just something to do to change things up around the house. It's an investment that can have a marked impact on the value of your home. The possibilities are innumerable, but what improvements will yield the greatest value? Here are some of the top-ranking home improvements driving the selling market today.

Growing Prosperous Through Paint
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase your home's appeal, a well placed paint job can improve the visual allure of your home's interior. While painting may not have a remarkable effect on the overall value of your home, it can have a significant impact on the likelihood of your home selling at your desired price.

Cookin' Kitchens
If you're considering remodeling or redesigning your kitchen, you're thinking like a pro. A well designed, spacious kitchen is worth its weight in gold. Not only does it benefit those that live in the home, but generates some of the highest recuperation of remodeling expenses, as well as generating a 5-10% increase in the value of your home. A kitchen equipped with modern appliances, nice counter tops, and new cabinetry will certainly be an investment to pursue if you are considering remodeling or renovating your home.

Bathrooms Equal Bank
Bathrooms are another big player when it comes to home improvements. If you've watched any home improvement shows over the last couple of years you've no doubt seen many people turning a plain old bathroom into an elegant piece of tiled artwork; and for good cause. Bathrooms are a major consideration when purchasing a home. Adding a bathroom can also be a boon to those wanting to increase the value of their home, often yielding in a 5-10% jump. One word of caution before you start knocking down those walls, however. Replacing a bedroom with a bathroom is a definite faux pas, and can really drive down value.

Windows are a win
Aside from their obvious aesthetic qualities, windows add more perceived space to a home. A house that feels more spacious will sell as if it were more spacious. Windows are fairly inexpensive to install, and their overall impact on your home's value can be quite noticeable.

Hit the Deck
Think of a deck as a way to increase your overall square footage without all of the costs and hassle associated with adding a new room to your home. More living area is an automatic increase in a home's overall value. As a general rule of thumb, if you're going to be adding a deck to your home, the square footage of the deck should never be more than one-third of the interior square footage.

So, before you start digging that pool in your living room, consider these home improvements that are guaranteed to build upon your home's value!


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