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Home Improvements That Can Boost Resale Value

Planning on selling your home in the future and you want to get the most out of it that you can? Home improvements such as a bathroom remodel can make your home more attactive to a prospective homebuyer but they can also turn them off just as easily. Avoid some of the common pitfalls of home improvement with this helpful guide.

Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel: The bathroom and kitchen are both popular areas to spruce up before a sale and can often bring a substantial return on your investment. However, keep in mind that what appeals to you may not necessarily appeal to everybody – don’t get too creative with a remodel and splurge on expensive appliances and other refinements.

Paint: Repainting the exterior of your home can have an amazing rejuvenating effect on your house and really set it off to its best advantage. The interior of your house can be brought back to life room-by-room as well with a fresh coat of paint.

Room Addition: A room addition has the potential to go either way in terms of return on investment. Given that it’s a major expenditure in time and money, a room addition shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. However – the right room addition can potentially be a big selling point. Some of the outstanding possibilities for a room addition include a sunroom, an extra bedroom and much more.

Landscaping: In addition to the exterior of your home, don’t overlook the landscaping around your home. Take the time to weed your flowerbeds and rake up dead leaves and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much of a difference that can make. If you have a patio and/or walkways in the yard, pressure washing them to remove built-up dirt and debris is another great touch that can really improve the look of your home’s exterior.

Lighting and Windows: Changing the light fixtures and window coverings is a simple touch but can add a great note to any room. Covering any exposed bulbs or windows can transform the way they look instantly.

Flooring: While flooring can easily become quite expensive depending on the material, replacement of flooring in certain areas of your home that could use an update such as the living room may be worth the investment. Above all, don’t forget to pay attention to critical areas of your home such as the roof and foundation. Structural problems with your home could easily magnify into a larger problem that you will have to deal with or disclose prior to a sale and defeat the purpose of remodeling your home or making other cosmetic improvements.


Justin Krutz writes about home improvement for Palatin Remodeling, a Los Angeles kitchen remodeling company that also specializes in San Diego bathroom remodeling.