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what homeimprovement projects increase the home value the most?

  • February 27 2013 - Bronx
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Hands down, kitchens,bathrooms, and exteriors. When a buyer is in the market for a new home the first 3 things they will want to look at is the exterior, kitchen, and bathrooms. These are typically the most expensive remodels, not only because things like cabinetry, counter-tops, and appliances are so expensive, but because people don't want to have to deal with the inconvenience of having to lose these rooms for the duration of the remodel.  
  • April 02 2013
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As mentioned, kitchens and baths but I would also add that simple painting, replacing old baseboards and making your home look clean and neat goes a long way in your house value.

All the best,

  • April 01 2013
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Kitchens and Bathroom Remodels
  • March 13 2013
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As previously mentioned kitchen & bath.. I can add that walking closets are really attractive and not so expensive to do. Thanks
  • February 28 2013
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I guess you know by now that kitchens and baths sell, but you have to get a buyer in the door. So, you also have to work on your curb appeal. In the winter, keep walks shoveled, front door, windows and exterior light fixtures clean. Anything that will make the house appear warm and inviting.

Spring is just around the corner (really). When it arrives, clean up the yard the yard flower beds. You won't be able to plant flowers right away, but at least put down a fresh bed of mulch and trip the bushes,

Keep the exterior clean and sharp ... it doesn't cost much!
  • February 28 2013
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Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes! An updated or upgraded kitchen will draw buyers in. Bathrooms are next on the list. Buyers also stray away from carpet. Wood floors or laminate wood floors are in with tile in the wet areas ie kitchen and baths. An easy thing you can do that will spruce up the place would be a coat of fresh paint!
  • February 28 2013
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The boring ones - cleaning, painting, and repairing.

The fun ones - kitchen and bath remodels, dormers, reconfiguring projects - cost more than they return. Additions especially.

Here's two ways to think about it. A gleaming kitchen in a house that needs paint, carpet, hardwood floor refinishing, has two shoddy bathrooms and single-pane windows and knob-and-tube wiring and galvanized plumbing is basically a fixer with a great kitchen. It's like whack-a-mole; you finish one project and there's another glaring one staring you in the face. Oh, the roof is old. The gutters are old. It goes on and on and on. 

But cleaning the place up, painting and repairing - then you have an old house in generally decent condition. 

Another way to think about it is this: figure the value of your property, minus the land, divide by the size. You'll get a number, maybe $100/sf, $200, $50 - whatever. Then figure out how much the remodel will cost. If it costs $150/sf to remodel a kitchen in a house with a value of $100/sf, you still have the rest of the house dragging down the value!

My advice: let some one else do the remodeling!
  • February 27 2013
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High on the list is kitchen followed by bath.  It is basically the same no matter where you are.
  • February 27 2013
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Kitchens, bathrooms, fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors, and declutter before listing.  It is important to make the house look and smell immaculate and fresh!  There is only 1 first impression!!!!
  • February 27 2013
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That really depends on the circumstances or the condition of the home. Kitchens and Baths are always good, but Waterfront or "great location properties" that are run own may need windows roofing and siding first. 
  • February 27 2013
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The most common answer will usually be Kitchen  and Baths.  The approach I take on my flips are the things that jump out at me the most will usually jump out at the buyers also.  So those are improvements I do first.

  • February 27 2013
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Most commonly you'll hear that kitchen & bath remodels are the way to go.
  • February 27 2013
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Remodeling magazine has a list of improvements with average returns upon sale by region that might be a good place to start.
  • February 27 2013
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