Even if you have no immediate plans for leaving your home, it's a good
idea to approach renovations with resale value in mind. Upgrades that are likely
to appeal to future buyers protect your investment while also improving your
enjoyment of the home.
One key to a successful renovation is figuring out how to personalize the space
without making it so customized that it's not attractive to other potential
owners. For example, eliminating a bedroom to create a giant walk-in closet may
help achieve your dreams, but losing that bedroom can be a major hit to your
A good rule of thumb is to focus on aesthetics when it comes to integrating more
of your personal tastes, because these can be easily changed with a coat of
paint or minor work. However, that doesn't mean you can't make other, more
significant changes to enhance your home.
These renovation ideas - which include both cosmetic touch-ups and more
labor-intensive suggestions - can help boost your home's value.
Older homes were often designed with a boxy, formal layout that is less
conducive to most modern families' needs. Today's open floor plans offer
functionality for everything from keeping an eye on the kids while making dinner
to entertaining guests. This type of floor plan can also make small rooms feel
larger and invite more light into darker parts of the house.
The most cost-effective way to create an open space is to remove
non-load-bearing walls (load bearing walls help support the roof; while they can
be removed there's typically quite a bit more time, labor and expense involved).
Removing a wall may not be that complicated unless you encounter plumbing or
HVAC ductwork that needs to be relocated. You'll likely have some electrical
outlets to move, and both the floor and ceiling will need attention to remove
lingering signs of the former wall.
Although paint is one of the easiest ways to personalize your home, it's also
one of the least expensive, simplest ways to improve its value and appearance. A
fresh coat of paint, inside or out, can create an appealing illusion of newness
no matter the age of your home. For maximum resale value, stick to neutral tones
so future buyers can focus on envisioning the place as their own, without the
distraction of your own vibrant choices. If you don't like the thought of boring
beige, consider adding accent walls for pops of color that can be easily changed
down the road.
Not every aspect of home improvement is visible at first glance like a fresh
coat of paint; some value-boosting upgrades are more behind the scenes. One
example is climate management. If you renovate a space that needs better climate
control, or if you add a new room where extending the existing ductwork is
impractical, a split-ductless HVAC system may be the perfect solution. The
ductless design saves HVAC contractors time during installation, therefore
saving homeowners money.
An option like Mitsubishi Electric's MLZ One-Way Ceiling Cassette fits between
standard 16-inch ceiling joists, eliminating the need for more complicated
construction. The sleek, narrow-body design can be easily installed in existing
homes and new construction projects. Additionally, these ceiling cassettes can
be serviced from directly beneath the unit itself without an access panel,
further eliminating the need to modify the surrounding area which can also
provide significant cost savings on installation. Learn more at
A room's ambiance can be completely transformed with lighting. For multi-purpose
rooms, an option like dimmer switches lets you customize the lighting to fit the
use, which can vary throughout the day. A well-lit living room is essential for
a large gathering or a small group gathered for game night. That same space can
be equally inviting for an intimate conversation or a casual movie night with
the lights turned down low. One of the best parts is minimal experience is
needed to swap out standard switches for the more versatile dimmers. Plus, in
today's technology-driven world, there's an app for seemingly everything -
including lighting. Homeowners can control the ambiance from their phones by
installing smart lightbulbs and lighting strips.
Even though a garage's functionality is the top concern for most buyers, a
dingy, unkempt space can be a real turn-off. One way to instantly brighten and
refresh the space is an epoxy coating on the floor. Applying the coating is
relatively easy and once dry it helps prevent unsightly stains and damage in the
future. Combine that with a thorough sweeping, wiping down walls and other
surfaces, and organizing the clutter to create a more inviting space you can
utilize to the fullest.
Features like crown molding and other wood accents such as chair rails are
elegant upgrades that can elevate a home's value with a relatively modest
investment. An office or dining room is the perfect place to introduce these
design elements to add a bit of formality to the space. You can also find crown
molding in spaces like the living room, with the molding coordinating with
built-in shelving flanking a fireplace. While getting the angles and fit just
right is hardly a beginner's endeavor, it's a project that can pay dividends in
the long run.
Many homeowners approach a bathroom upgrade with big projects in mind, like
swapping out the vanity, replacing the tub or installing tile flooring. However,
it's possible to make a noticeable impact with much smaller changes. Simply
updating bathroom fixtures and fittings such as shower heads, faucets, towel
racks and lighting can transform the space with minimal effort and far less work
and expense than a large-scale renovation.