How to Unlock $80,000 from Your Home with 6 Easy Improvements

Simple home improvements have the power to unlock unlimited value from within your home.

We spent some time with our homeowner experts to find out how you can significantly improve your home’s value.

It doesn’t take a home-building wizard to make your home more valuable. Many simple tricks can increase your home’s value without ever breaking a sweat. Here are the top value adding projects.

1. Paint

Painting is one of the easiest and most value-adding things you can do to your home. All it takes are a brush, paint container, and some good paint. We recommend Behr Premium Plus paint. Stick to neutral colors for maximum resale value. Estimated Return on Investment: As much as 350%

2. Upgrade the Appliances

Modern sleek appliances can add a whole lot of value to your home. New stainless steel ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers provide a welcome touch to kitchens.  Potential home buyers rate modern appliances at the top of their wish list. The energy savings are a nice bonus as well. Estimated Return on Investment15-30%

3. Convert Unused Grass to Garden Beds

It’s no secret that home-grown vegetables and fruit taste delicious. But did you know that 75% of 35 and under home shoppers rate garden beds as a must have? Converting grass to garden beds is actually quite easyEstimated Return on Investment: 75-95%

4. Update Windows and Doors

Windows and doors bring so much character to a home. Their usefulness goes way beyond their looks. Solid windows and doors provide comfort and huge energy savings.

The problem is that most windows and doors are fairly old. Over time, their ability to block out unwanted cold/hot air can take a huge toll on your energy bill. This is an improvement definitely worth your hard earned money. Estimated Return on Investment: 65-90%

5. Change Kitchen Hardware

Kitchens are one of the most used area in a house. It only makes sense to invest in such a traffic heavy room. Installing new kitchen hardware like knobs is a very useful improvement. New rugs and lights can also bring huge returns. Estimate Return on Investment: 15-30%

6. Let the Light Shine

Old lighting fixtures make your house look dull and uninviting. Spending $90 on new lighting highlights all the key selling areas. This is also a good time to change the light bulbs to efficient LED models. Estimated Return on Investment: 130-190%

Making these easy, non time intensive updates can increase your home’s value by untold amounts. It also can make a huge difference if your home sells or stays on the markets for years. Now it’s time to roll up those sleeves!


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Samantha Davis is a lead reporter for Finance Hound. She covers the financial world; specializing in autos, consumer finance and insurance. She enjoys reading with a glass of wine, and traveling with her lovely family.