From big to small, we have home improvements that add up to a huge boost in the value of your home!
This may be the best home improvement you can make. After all, can we ever have enough bathrooms? According to Steve Frellick, licensed contractor and founder/broker of Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals, a one-to-one bedroom/bathroom ratio is ideal. "An additional bathroom creates greater functionality of a home, while also increasing resale value." Not sure where you could possibly squeeze in an additional bathroom? There are usually a variety of hidden opportunities in homes. This may be an underutilized closet, space in the basement, or "stealing" a little space from a bedroom or hallway, says Frellick.
Spruce up the bathroom
"Bringing your bathrooms into the 21st century creates a high degree of functionality and a huge return on your investment," says Frellick. You don't have to necessarily gut it and start over. New fixtures, fresh paint and light fixtures, and exhaust fans are good places to start.
Update bathroom tile
Replace worn out tile with subway tile for a classic look that will appeal to most tastes, says Frellick. If you have more wiggle room in your budget, replace a water-hogging toilet with a slimline, low-flush model.
Take a peek under your carpet and you may discover a home improvement ready to go. "Hardwood and tile floors add a level of warmth and are a definite return on investment," notes Frellick. Hardwoods, laminate, and tile floors are easier to clean and aren't magnets for dust and dirt, so they're ideal for people who suffer from allergies.
Add some flair
Mid-century modern and retro design are on trend right now. Adding a few elements of a trendy design will add some serious "cool" to your digs, Frellick says. "Hang an antique barn-door in place of a traditional closet door, update some light fixtures with retro fixtures using Edison bulbs, or do a wall in wood or brick tiles. These kinds of home improvements are ones that almost any homeowner can tackle," says Frellick.
New floor plan
"One of the things that tends to date a home and potentially turn off buyers is the floor plan," says Bill Golden, an independent real estate agent with RE/Max Metro Atlanta City side. "Today's buyers all want an open concept floor plan, where the kitchen is open to a family room." Knocking out a wall or two to accomplish this is usually doable, depending on the structure. But don't take on this task if you're not a pro.
Spruce up the shower
Master suites that embody a luxurious spa-like feel are coveted by most of us. If you're going to upgrade, get schooled on what is on trend. "There was a time when all new master baths had giant soaking tubs. Today, most buyers prefer a smaller tub with a bigger, nicer shower, says Golden.