As winter gives way to spring and the cold weather recedes, more and more people are breaking out their tools and rolling up their sleeves to begin this year's round of home improvement projects. But which projects will offer the biggest return at resale? The fancy new kitchen? The updated bathroom? Perhaps an improved master suite? While those particular options can be fun to explore, it's best to knock out the necessary improvements before turning to the aesthetics.
Improve the Wrapping
If the exterior of your home looks crummy or dirty, the interior is presumed to also be shabby or ill-kept. The siding on a house can make or break a deal, and if it looks old or outdated, the end result will lean more toward the latter. Upgrading to fiber cement siding, high end or mid range, can really improve the value on the house, offering between 75-90% return. One of the first things potential buyers will be looking for is the curb-appeal. While friends and family may be invited in, the majority of the public sees only the exterior.
A New Front Door
Following on the heels of the siding, and slipping into the same category as curb-appeal, is the front door. Or any door, for that matter. Replace the current entrance with a 20-gauge steel door. They are offered from a variety of different companies and can be painted to match most color schemes, creating a very aesthetically pleasing look.
The kitchen is easily one of the most popular areas of the house to remodel and upgrade. If done correctly, the return can be work the time and effort. Gutting the space and starting fresh is overkill, though, so be careful. Rather than splurging on the high-end products, take a second to research other homes in the area. Don't overspend on expensive appliances and lavish counter tops when a simple face-lift and some updated hardware will do the trick.
A Place to Entertain
Many home owners have a wish list that includes an outdoor entertainment space. Adding a wooden deck or a back porch provides such a space, especially if the yard is enclosed or opens up to open space, such as a forest or a golf course. Again, don't over spend here, as pouring too much money into these improvement projects can result in a lower return at resale.
Another great way to give the house an all-over update is to replace old, single-pane windows with ones that are more energy efficient. Snag some vinyl windows that have low emissivity. Keeping the cold out during the winter and the cool in during the summer is a must have on many buyers' lists, and lowers your utility bill. These windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making nearly any replacement easier.
Add A Bedroom
Shaky economy aside, it's a safe bet to assume that buyers are looking for the maximum number of rooms. With adult children moving home or elderly parents moving in, turning an attic or a basement space into a bedroom can earn a relatively high return. This might mean more work, a little more money spent, but chances are good that when it comes time to sell the home, this investment will pay off.
It's time to rethink that splurge on the high-end granite counter top or the stunning bathroom that has a tub with a faucet that lives on the ceiling. Whether the aim is to upgrade specifically for resale or not, these projects are sure to please the current occupants of the home as well as potential buyers down the line.
This article was contributed by Sheldon Armstrong, a regular contributor here at INFOtainment News. He writes this on behalf of Texas Iron & Metal, your number one choice when looking for steel supply in Houston, TX. Check out their website today and see how they can help you!