Home Improvements that Pay

Which home improvements give the best payback?

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen or putting in new flooring, you want to be mindful of a few factors to ensure you get most or all your investment back when you go to sell your home. Keep in mind the following:

Appraisal Value

The intrinsic value of home improvements may be different than what an appraiser will value them at.

Market determines demand

The current market will determine the overall demand for your home, so it is important to talk to a Realtor before taking on a larger project.


Study your neighborhood standards and do not over improve your property.

Neutral Pallete

Do not make improvements that are too specific to your tastes unless you plan on staying in the home for a long time. It is better to go with more neutral palette to appeal to a wide range of buyers in the future.

Cost Savings

Research the cost of the improvements. If you can do the work yourself, you can save significantly on the cost of the project and greatly improve the chances of getting a good return on the investment.


Typical Payback

The list below is compiled from several published surveys and shows typical payback for some popular remodeling projects:

Kitchen remodeling 90%

Add a bathroom 90%

Bathroom remodeling 80%

Install central heating 90%

Install central air 75%

Add a deck 70%

Replace windows 70%

Add a room 55%

Build a pool 45%

Finish a basement 40%

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