Home & Garden 8 Home Upgrades That Always Pay Off, According to the Pros

00:00  28 november  2017
00:00  28 november  2017 Source:   coastalliving.com

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Why it pays off : Bathroom upgrades , like updated countertops and new fixtures, provide solid returns―anywhere from 68 to 78 percent. In places where it can get unforgivingly hot, such as Arizona and Florida, an inground pool may boost a home ’s value by up to 8 percent, according to a

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Common logic would tell you that any and all improvements to your home would in fact improve your home value. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case (we’re looking at you, infinity-edge pool). If you’re contemplating a renovation, consider these eight upgrades guaranteed to earn back bucks when your home is sold.

1. Temp-Controlled Square Footage

"From the appraisers' point of view, and really from everyone's, heated and cooled square footage is the biggest winner [in terms of payoff]," says Charleston, South Carolina, real estate agent Dewey Golub. If you’re looking to boost your sale price, converting a garage, attic, or screened-in porch—or building an entirely new addition—all add major brownie points for buyers. They can also cost quite a bit in time and money, so make sure you’re up for the up-front investment before committing to a project like this.

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2. A Fresh Coat of Paint

Few relatively inexpensive upgrades work as much magic as a fresh coat of paint. Golub notes that it's especially "necessary if the colors are unique. You don't want to go looking for a unique buyer; you want a broad-based buyer." Steven Jones of Better Shelter, a Los Angeles residential real estate development and design firm that specializes in the rehabbing and resale of character properties, echoes this sentiment. "Since most people aren't well versed in trends, I would recommend just keeping your home neutral, cheerful, light, and bright.”

3. Manicured Landscaping

Much like painting, spiffing up your home’s curb appeal is relatively simple and sports a big payoff. Aside from minding the general upkeep of existing foliage—like trimming back bushes and low-hanging branches—you can also fancy up the landscape with freshly planted or potted flowers. Fort Pierce, Florida, landscape designer Barb Catalano suggests placing potted flowers around the front door (either flanking it, sitting to one side, or lining a stairway leading up to the entrance). If your front yard is in need of a full-on overhaul, "native plants are always a good choice," Catalano says, and "new mulch makes everything look fresh."

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The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance program has upgraded 7 million homes since going into effect in 1976. And it is still almost certain that buying more efficient windows and appliances or lightbulbs when it's time to replace them pays off in the long run.

Home office: “If you convert a bedroom into an office, your home will be listed as having one less bedroom―big mistake,” says CNN’s Gerry Willis. “Loud patterns can be off -putting, so don’t do anything radical,” says Vern Yip, a designer and the host of HGTV's Deserving Design.

4. Cosmetic Kitchen Fixes

Avocado is great in your salad, but as the color theme for your kitchen? Not so much. As trends turn toward minimalism and modernism, more buyers are opting against busy backsplashes and jarring palettes in the kitchen. If yours hasn’t seen an upgrade since the ‘70s, consider relatively simple tasks such as painting your cabinets or replacing your backsplash with crowd-pleasing subway tiles. If you have the money for a larger overhaul and you “want to make a kitchen look new,” says Los Angeles Realtor Ben Lee, “get stainless appliances. They don't have to be that expensive.”

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Grab a paintbrush: Most home experts agree that a good paint job is life changing. It's super cheap and an easy way to majorly upgrade your home while getting the most bang for your buck. 'Nothing compares to a freshly painted house, both inside and out,' says Karen Baldwin, Realtor® of the <a href='http://www.bstestates.com/'>Baldwin Scott Thomas Team</a> at KW Luxury Homes International. Baldwin recommends using a neutral color palette, like whites and beiges, when painting the inside and outside of your home. Try these <a href='http://www.rd.com/home/decorating/home-color-scheme/'>6 foolproof tips to create a stunning color scheme</a> that will help increase the value of your home. Be sure to paint all areas, like the crown molding and trims, for an extra clean look. Before you start painting, don't forget to properly tape and cover furniture. Not enough time for a whole-house refresh? Try painting the front door with a <a href='http://www.rd.com/home/improvement/selling-your-home-paint-color/1'>color shown to make your house sell for an extra $5,000</a>. 10 Easy Things You Can Do in a Weekend to Increase the Value of Your Home

5. Smart Storage Space

In the age of Marie Kondo, it’s especially important to have enough room to neatly tuck away all of your belongings. Organizational accents like built-in bookshelves and window seats with storage underneath are stylishly practical and add old-school charm. If closet space is at a minimum, simple solutions like extra shelves, hooks, and rods can also help ease any storage worries of potential buyers. "If there is limited closet space, I always install an extra closet rod so people can increase their hanging capacity,” Jones says.

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Whether strictly for resale value or for your own enhanced quality of life, these home features pay off . A serious landscaping upgrade is almost always worth the cost. Front plantings significantly improve initial impressions of your home , especially when they’re installed by a professional .

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6. Vintage Preservation

With a property that boasts any sort of vintage pedigree, no matter how small, "you want to respect the authenticity and the integrity of the home," Jones says. So, retain and treat with TLC whatever vintage details remain, such as original window casements and hardware.

7. Big-Impact Bath Upgrades

The great thing about baths is that they’re tiny enough where you can make singular changes—such as replacing a vanity or tub—for maximum impact. Fixtures such as claw-foot tubs, frameless shower doors, and freestanding sinks are particularly trendy right now. If you’re looking for a smaller investment, fresh paint, new hardware, and a quick re-glazing and re-caulking of the tub can also help make a space feel shiny and new.

8. Solid Footing

If you’re looking for high-impact upgrades, hardwood flooring can dramatically transform a space just as a fresh coat of paint can. "Not many people are big into carpet," Jones says. Hard floor surfaces in general appeal to many people because they’re easier to clean, and hardwood in particular feels aesthetically sophisticated.

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