Which Home Improvements Pay Off?

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While it’s fun and exciting to have an awesome kitchen, but oftentimes basic maintenance like a new roof or a new coat of exterior paint is more important when looking to add value to your home. If your roof  is leaking, your potential buyers won’t even get to the fact that your kitchen is outdated. We’ve done plenty of Fairfax home renovations in our time as a business, and today we’ve got some advice for you if you’re wondering which home improvements pay off over others.

  • Baths & Kitchens: In the hottest housing markets, springing for a kitchen or bath remodel is a sure-fire investment, often returning more than 100% of the cost. If you’re going to improve your kitchen or bath, think traditional: commercial-looking appliances, all-wood cabinets, natural wood or stone floors and stone counter tops for your kitchen, walk in showers for your bathrooms. However, don’t spend the money on a bathroom if you’ve only got one in your house – spend your money adding a second bath instead.
  • Home Maintenance: Your new kitchen or bath isn’t going to be so glamorous if there’s standing water in the basement. Your first priority before remodels should be keeping the existing structure sound. Most buyers have a limit on what they can spend for a house. If they know they don’t have to spend money on the upkeep of basic systems, then they’re more likely to buy the house and consider upgrading the kitchen or baths themselves.
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