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5 Renovations That Add Significant Value to Your Home

Fix June 7, 2018
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It’s a seller’s market for housing in the US. As new construction halts and costs rise for materials and labor, home buyers are looking to existing houses to build their futures. However, as demand for old homes rise, so do the prices (particularly in California, which leads the nation in sight-unseen housing bids!). It’s bad news for first-time home buyers, but potentially lucrative for owners looking to sell or flip a home, especially if they plan on making a few upgrades.

However, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to over-improve their home before selling (new swimming pool? sure!). Most renovations made before selling have less than a 100 percent ROI — meaning you’ll actually spend more money on the reno than you’ll recoup after the sale. However, without these improvements, your house may sit on the market, costing you more money in the long run. Here are the five best bets for renovation to add significant value to your home before selling.

Roof repairs

Repairing or replacing a roof is of the most expensive repairs you can make to a home (up to $20,000 depending on the size of your home) which is why they’re often neglected. Give potential buyers a reason to trust you and fully repair or replace the roof as needed. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report, it can increase the value of your home dramatically, netting you up to $14,000 more on the asking price, or roughly 70 percent ROI.

Bathroom remodeling

A newly remodeled bathroom has instant appeal to buyers, but it’s also one of the pricier renovations you can make to your home. An extensive bathroom remodel for a small or medium bathroom will cost you around $15,000, but will make the house more move-in ready for buyers and add 70 percent ROI.

New doors

Adding a new garage door or front door will give your home an immediate facelift, and they’re relatively inexpensive to replace. They also have the highest ROI of any improvement on the list at 98 percent for garage and 91 percent for the entryway door. They improve functionality, look better, and typically cost less than a thousand dollars each.

New Plumbing

Like a new roof, new pipes are something you can’t see and won’t appreciate until something goes wrong. If your galvanized steel pipes are at the end of their lifespan, updating your plumbing with PVC or PEX will give buyers another reason to put their trust in you. Since a whole home replumbing can cost upward of $10K in larger homes, you can opt to replace only damaged pipes as a first defense and install a Flo as an added guard against leaks.

Exteriors and Landscaping

According to Remodeling, replacing your home’s vinyl siding with a stone veneer has one of the highest ROIs at 98 percent. And in general, improving the landscaping and facade of your home by adding a few stone planters, bushes, and just three trees can transform the curb appeal of your house. If you’re only interested in the bare minimum in landscaping by maintaining your lawn with watering, aerating, and weeding (all relatively cheap), it can land you 303 percent ROI.

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