5 Home Improvements That Are Actually Worth the Money (and Which Are Not)
The road to finding your dream home is often a long, winding and tedious one (well, we're not about to settle for anything less than perfect, right?) but even when you've found "the one" there's always changes to be made in order make it your own. It's very rare you'll find a space that meets all your personal and aesthetic needs. But knowing what to remodel so you get the best return on investment when it comes time to sell is the big challenge. Even if you do want to spend a large chunk of your money on adding a second bathroom, the stats show this might not be the smartest choice.
If you're unsure where to start, then don't stress because Remodel magazine’s Cost vs. Value report did the work for you. Their handy guide compares the "average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets." Whether you've just bought a fixer upper or are looking to remodel your current home to keep it from looking dated, we put together the top five home improvement tweaks that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, and the four that won't.
UP: Deck Addition (Composite) | 62.2% Return
While technology has certainly benefited numerous aspects of our lives it's also left many of us craving nature and even sparked the indoor-outdoor interior design trend last year. So it's little wonder the deck addition is on the rise. In fact, it's one of the highest home improvement options for return on investment. This worthwhile design feature is perfect for family dinners outside, entertaining friends, or simply reading a book in the sun. While a deck addition made from wood has a 71.5% return, Remodel magazine says it's on the decline in 2017 and that the version made from composite deck material is going up in value. Seeing as they both offer a pretty steady return, in the end, it really comes down to personal choice and aesthetics.
Job Cost: $17,249
Resale Value: $11,252
Cost Recouped: 65.2%
Up: Family Room Addition | 69.3%
Striking a balance between the practical needs of a family and the stylish elements you personally love is never easy, but according to these Remodel stats, the effort is definitely worth it. You'll recoup 65.2% of the money you spend adding a family room to your home which is good news since it's a special common area where the whole family (and guests) love to chill, chat, and make memories together. And with that kind of return you have a valid excuse to really go crazy on the overall look. Now that is music to any design lover's ears, #amirite?
Job Cost: $89,566
Resale Value: $62,055
Cost Recouped: 69.3%
Up: Major Kitchen Remodel | 65.3% Return
As if we needed an excuse to go big in the kitchen, now we have the facts to back it up. Not only will a major kitchen remodel recoup 65.3% of your dollars spent but Remodel says it's also on the rise in 2017, so you can expect to see that investment increase even more in value by year end. And we can see why. As the heart of the home, it's the central space where we all congregate to enjoy our favorite indulgences, prepare healthy meals and perfect our morning routine. So we're giving you permission to really go for it and design the kitchen of your dreams.
Job Cost: $62,158
Resale Value: $40,560
Cost Recouped: 65.3%
Up: Master Suite Addition | 64.8% Return
While the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home, there's one space that stands out above all else: the bedroom. It's where we seek solace from the world, recoup our thoughts, practice much-needed self-care rituals, and most importantly, sleep. In order to enhance and encourage all of these things in our lives (not to mention improve our well-being) there are certain design elements we can introduce to make sure of it—these zen bedrooms will inspire you to redecorate. So if your home doesn't have a master bedroom, then it might be worth adding one in, especially when you see a return of 64.8%.
Job Cost: $119,533
Resale Value: $77,506
Cost Recouped: 64.8%
UP: Two-Storey Addition | 71.1% Return
While this is definitely one of the bigger remodeling projects to undertake (not to mention one of the most expensive) the cost recouped means it's a worthwhile investment if you do. This stylish addition will give you a 71.1% national average recoup on costs and that's on the rise compared to last year. This major design feature is definitely an undertaking but just think of the extra room you'll have? It's a great option for growing families or could be transformed into a stylish home office.
Job Cost: $176,108
Resale Value: $125,222
Cost Recouped: 71.1%
Down: Basement Remodel | 70% Return
Now that we've covered the top five remodeling projects for 2017, it's time to take a look at the top four that offer the least return on investment. First up is the basement remodel. Remember the basement slumber parties as a kid? Those underground dens were the epitome of cool. Well, they're still on the cusp of hipness with a 70% return but according to Remodel this renovation is actually on the decline. So if you've been thinking about doing it but aren't sure about the value it will add, perhaps it's time to reconsider. But, of course, if you do create an insanely stylish basement, what buyer could possibly resist? And if they were had sleepovers in a cool basement in their youth too, then you might just tap into their nostalgia too.
Job Cost: $71,115
Resale Value: $49,768
Cost Recouped: 70%
Down: Backyard Patio | 54.9% Return
Despite the deck addition being on the rise, it seems not all outdoor areas are considered equal because the backyard patio has a mere 54.9% return and is going down compared to last year. This gorgeous shaded area is the sunny disposition every home needs, or at least we thought but perhaps your money is better spent indoors.
Job Cost: $51,985
Resale Value: $28,546
Cost Recouped: 54.9%
Down: Bathroom Addition and Remodel | 53.9 & 64.8% Return
While we certainly don't like to play favorites, the bathroom definitely tops our most-loved list. We'll never stop hitting the heart button and by the popularity of this bathroom post, we know you agree. So it breaks our heart to learn that both the bathroom addition and remodel are going down on the cost recouped since 2016 and will only give you a 53.9% or 64.8% return respectively. This doesn't mean to say you shouldn't renovate your restroom but perhaps you should stick to small affordable upgrades that achieve a similar design effect without the cost.
Job Cost: $43,232
Resale Value: $23,283
Cost Recouped: 53.9%
Down: Backup Power Generator | 54% Return
While this isn't a popular renovation it certainly seems like a very practical one. The electrical backup system would certainly come in handy in emergencies and a better option than candles when the power goes out (although slightly less romantic). But if you do decide to install one, don't expect a great return. The national average job cost is about $12,860 and you'll only see 54% of that back. But if you're not doing it for resale value, then by all means, get one. After all, these units can energise a house for days so perhaps the value is in what they offer.
Job Cost: $12,860
Resale Value: $6,940
Cost Recouped: 54%
What remodeling project would you spend the money on?