Posted by Admin . on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 12:55pm.

Making a renovation to your home can be stressful, both on your mind and your bank account. So, when considering a major home improvement project, it’s important to consider what will yield the greatest return on investment, or ROI.  Some improvements offer a greater return than others.  If you’re planning on selling your home anytime in the future, you should consider your renovation an investment. Take a look at surrounding proprieties and comparing features.

You want to make your home comparable to your neighbors’,  but you don’t want your property to stand out to the point it will land in a completely different price range. This will hinder your selling success, instead of enhancing it.  If your neighborhood consists mainly of simple ranch-style homes, and you add an extra floor, an in-ground pool and an outdoor kitchen, then your property is not comparable to surrounding homes, and those extras you sunk your time and money into may end up costing you.

Some of the most popular pre-sale home improvements offering high ROI are siding replacement, kitchen and bath remodeling, features like a new roof or front porch, and window replacements. With green features currently trending, adding energy efficient windows or appliances can be a major boon.

Keep in mind what buyers will be considering when making decisions between properties—square footage, number of bathrooms, updated features, etc. They are looking for things that are practical and functional, like a two-car garage or main-floor bath, not extra—like that new swimming pool.

Custom features like pools and elaborate landscaping may seem like a great selling point to you, but your buyer may see them as superfluous, or something requiring additional time, maintenance and money.

When considering renovating your home, write out a list of wants versus needs. Is your renovation practical? Will it make your home comparable to surrounding properties in similar price ranges? A finished basement or laundry room may be a logical renovation, whereas a home gym may not. Talk to your real estate agent and local housing experts. Gain knowledge on what features sell a home in your area. Ask neighbors about their homes, and any renovations they may have considered making. If your improvement is practical and will amp your home’s appeal without landing you in a completely different selling range, then your project will most likely yield a high ROI.

For more information on home improvement, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000 or visit RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc..

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in National Real Estate & Relocation magazine. Real Trends ranked them #1 in the Nation for Closed Sales Volume for 2010. Regionally, for the 4th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder


jeffrey stockton wrote: Bathtub refinishing is probably the single highest ROI you can make in an apartment or house depending of course, on the condition of the fixture. If you have formica counter tops, consider refinishing in a granite type look. Ugly seams will disappear and it should add at least three times what you paid to the value of the home. Working in this industry, I might be biased, but I really do see results from fixture refinishing. Other high ROI improvements: replace all faucets, the shower rod, tub spigot, regulator plate, and things like towel bars if they are old. Replace cabinet and drawer pulls also if yours are dated.

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 12:34am.

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