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Top 10 Projects that Add Value

Posted on January 14, 2010 by tim in Appraisal, Selling, Staging, Value

Learn which updates add the most value to your home.

#1 TOP BUDGET-FRIENDLY PROJECT: Clean and Conquer Clutter
If you’re on a tight budget, cleaning and decluttering is by far the most cost-effective way to add value to your home. A clean and clutter-free home looks larger and more livable and makes a great first impression on home buyers.

#2 TOP ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT: Add Insulation
Energy-efficient upgrades have two advantages: they add value to your home, and they save you money in the long run. The most inexpensive way to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to add insulation.

#3 TOP OUTDOOR STRUCTURES PROJECT: Build a Fence
Adding a fence to your property can enhance its appearance, give you extra privacy and add value to your home overall.

#4 TOP BIG TICKET PROJECT: Finish the Basement
If you’re willing to take on a major remodeling project, finishing your basement can add value and more usable space to your home.

#5 TOP HOME EXTERIOR PROJECT: Repair Gutters
While they’re certainly not a home’s most exciting feature, gutters should be at the top of your list of exterior updates. Gutters keep the rest of your home’s exterior free from water damage.

#6 TOP OUTDOOR LIVING PROJECT: Add Outdoor Lighting
Adding outdoor living space to your home is almost like adding square footage, and more square footage equals more home value. If you have a patio or a deck, start making it more welcoming by installing outdoor lighting.

#7 TOP LANDSCAPING PROJECT: Tidy Your Lawn
When it comes to adding value to your home, curb appeal is key. Before you take any major landscaping projects, start small by getting your lawn in shape.

#8 TOP STORAGE & ORGANIZATION PROJECT: Maximize Storage Space
Ample storage space tops most buyers’ wish lists. If your home has a large garage and walk-in closets, you’re in great shape. If not, you can make the most of the storage space you do have with organizers.

#9 TOP BATHROOM PROJECT: Refresh Fixtures
Like the kitchen, little changes go a long way when it comes to bathroom updates. Simply replacing old fixtures and hardware can give an outdated bathroom a stylish, contemporary look.

#10 TOP KITCHEN PROJECT: Upgrade Appliances
The kitchen is one room where upgrades almost always bring a large return on investment. One way to improve your kitchen is to simply replace your old appliances. Stainless steel is the current standard. Any updated appliances will look better, run better, and give your kitchen more appeal.


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