We take great pride in our homes and when things start to look like they could use a facelift, we’ll tackle some sort of home improvement project. A reno project can spruce things up, but it can also help us fall back in love with our home! Even if we want to sell our homes, a home renovation project may be exactly what the realtor ordered to drum up more interest among buyers.
If you’re thinking about renovating, do you know where to start? Top-selling real estate agents recommend that the project you decide to take on should add value to your home – a bad renovation could cost you big time!
Here are the top 5 renovation projects that’ll add value to your home when you decide to sell.
1. Kitchen renovations
It doesn’t matter what kind of gathering that’s taking place in the home, people always tend to gravitate to the kitchen. It is, after all, the heart of the home! When you upgrade the kitchen, you can make it more functional and better for entertaining. When you’re taking on a kitchen renovation project, you’ll want to focus on the features buyers truly want: granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets (or at least higher-end cabinetry), and an island.
2. Replacing vinyl siding
Vinyl siding is great and all, but if your house is older, that siding has probably seen better days. The color may be out of date and/or faded, and it could even be cracked! Replacing the vinyl siding may be a big project but it’ll be worth it in the end. Your home will have a completely new look and if you choose insulated vinyl siding, your energy bill may be lower than before.
3. Energy efficient windows and doors
Energy-efficient siding aside, you can reduce your energy costs even more by upgrading the windows and doors to ones that are more energy-efficient. When you’re looking at windows, you should look for windows that have the EnergyStar sticker, as well as a NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) rating. We recommend looking for double-paned windows that’s filled with gas, as well as a low U-factor (an indicator of how non-solar heat flows through the window).
4. Replacing garage doors
Replacing the garage door, like replacing the siding, can dramatically change the way your house looks and it can also save on your energy costs if you opt for an insulated garage door. There’s a wide range of garage doors to choose from and it would be in your best interest to choose a door that compliments the overall style of your home. You don’t want a modern door on a log cabin!
5. Professional landscaping
To attract buyers, your curb appeal has to be on point. It doesn’t matter how much work you’ve done inside, if the exterior of the home looks like it’s been neglected, people aren’t going to be interested. That’s why it would be a great idea to hire a professional landscaper to come by and work their magic. They’ll trim the hedges, plant native flowers, mow the lawn or even create a lawn care program so that the grass grows thick and a beautiful shade of green!
Being a homeowner is more than just doing the bare minimum maintenance – especially if you’re hoping to sell it anytime soon. These projects can be costly, but if you have a home appraisal done, you could get much of that money back when it sells!