Home Improvements that add real Value

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Today, we shall focus on inexpensive improvements that will make your home more enjoyable to live in and increase its salability in the future.


When not in the middle of a drought, #1 is Landscaping. A well-manicured yard always adds value and salability. Typically, you will recoup 100% of the money you spend on this improvement. One of the quickest and least expensive components is Color. Put flowers and blooming plants everywhere you can. Color makes your house memorable. I would wait for rain before embarking on this improvement.



Next is the front door. Metal doors are all the rage on today’s new homes. Whether a new door or repainting an existing entryway, choose a dramatic color that’s complementary to the rest of the décor. This improvement also yields a 100% return on your investment in enjoyment and price you get for your home.


Inside your home, the rule of the day is “light and bright.” Remove any popcorn from the ceilings and paint paint paint. It’s cheap and everyone likes that “new car smell”.


Real Wood and tile flooring are in.


Last, the Kitchen is King (or queen). A full kitchen remodel can run $15,000 or more. You may not recoup every dollar spend, but when selling, an outdated kitchen does not show well against houses with updated kitchens. You may have to discount your sales price or take longer to sell your home than the cost of making this improvement.

YOU can do everything we have discussed today, yourself, with the exception of the flooring and kitchen for relatively little money. They make your home shine and bring joy to you throughout the year.


I am a Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty. I have built houses in my younger years and know qualified tradesmen. If you’d like a list of people covering most areas of home remodel, just send me a text or email and I will shoot it off to you.

If you know anyone looking to buy or sell their home, I’d appreciate your referral.

Thank you and have a blessed day.

Kelly Groth

Broker Associate

Keller Williams Realty

916-316-4000 call or text


Comments (5)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Hi I agree that doing the right upgrades makes a difference in selling a home. 

Oct 21, 2014 11:19 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Pricing is the number one biggest improvement you can do to help yourself stand out. The marketing is the number two reason property listings sell or linger or don't sell at all. Price it, market it and worry about the little property details to tweak, tighten up the low spots. But don't neglect the marketing, the pricing.

Oct 21, 2014 11:23 PM
Kelly Groth
Keller Williams Realty - Loomis, CA

I agree but this post was not "what to do to get your house sold." It was items to do to make it more enjoyable to live in while also increasing its value.

Oct 21, 2014 11:34 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Making a home more enjoyable while you are living there is a good thing.  If you can enjoy the upgrades certainly the new buyer will also.   New smells from fresh paint goes a long way. I've seen buyers overlook the fact that it needed a new counter top because the house was so clean and fresh.  

Oct 22, 2014 09:57 PM
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

Often the outside of the home is overlooked because the inside takes precedence, don't want to forget curb appeal! Thanks for sharing

Oct 23, 2014 03:47 AM