Kelli Brandenberger

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Home Renovation Projects Well Worth The Investment

If your list of possible do-it-yourself projects is getting long, then you need a way to prioritize which ones to invest your time and, more importantly, your money in. To help you out, we've put together this list of five DIY projects that can help your home look fabulous and maximize your efforts. So grab your list and your budget, and let's get started.

  1. Bathroom Remodel
    This room is always a great place to start because it is one of the most used rooms in your home. It is also one of the rooms that prospective homebuyers place the most value on. The other great part about bathrooms is that there are many different upgrade options to choose from. You can do everything from simply adding new plumbing fixtures to completely renovating the entire room.

    A typical bathroom remodel that includes new flooring, a new tub, upgraded fixtures, and a new vanity will typically cost around $10,000. While that might seem like a sizeable investment, statistics show that you will get back every dollar of that investment and more on the value of your home.

  2. Kitchen Remodel
    Perhaps the second most important room inside your home is the kitchen. It is a place where many families gather on a daily basis. It is also a room where many of the daily activities of a home occur, such as meal preparation, eating, homework, and simply talking about the events of the day.

    Typical kitchen remodels will include upgrades to countertops, appliances, and cabinetry. The average price tag for a minor kitchen remodel may set you back as much as $15,000. The good news is that this is another DIY investment that will return almost every dollar back to you in terms of ROI.

  3. New Deck
    If you have outdoor projects that you want to consider, then let's start with a new deck. These great outdoor gathering places hold many wonderful memories of picnics, barbecues, and summer parties. They are also a great investment in the value of your home.  The typical project will cost around $10,600, but with that strong ROI, you will end up paying pennies per hour for great outdoor family fun.

  4. Upgrade Landscaping
    If you are trying to sell your home, nothing turns heads quicker than a nicely manicured yard. Whether you want to add new shrubs or redo the entire lawn, an investment in landscaping is going to have a quick impact on your home's value.

    Perhaps the best thing about landscaping upgrades is that they are typically inexpensive, averaging around $5,000.

  5. New Exterior
    Our final DIY project is an upgrade to your home's exterior. Whether you are replacing siding or changing the paint color, this improvement to the exterior of your home will help to drive potential homebuyers to your house. The typical investment is around $7,200. 

Make these upgrades, and you'll get the most enjoyment out of your home while adding value to the property whenever it comes time to sell.

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