I get it -- it can be hard to find the balance between making sure that the improvements you make to your home are gonna get your the best bang for your buck VS. the heart-sinking feeling of knowing you've over-done your home, and tough-noogies -- you ain't getting your investment back when you go to sell.
Well, if you're in the position of having to make these sorts of decisions, here's a guideline that may give you some guidance. I always say that while you live on this property, you should be happy living there. If you have super-idiosyncratic tastes, that's wonderful, but you may get more $$ when you sell by going funky on your furniture and decor vs. that crazy-weird sink/vanity combo you got going on in your master en suite.
According to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report conducted by Remodeling Magazine, LESS IS MORE people!
Kitchens are still offering the most bang for their buck, so if you're thinking about pouring some extra dough in there, do it.
Smaller projects are tending to give the biggest return on investment -- like a new front door, or a new garage door. So if you spend $ updating these items, buyers seem to appreciate the value in these items, so you don't need to break the bank by trying to finagle that expensive bedroom addition.
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All of these improvements' potential value also highly depends on what area you live in, so it might be a good idea to consult with your real estate pro regarding any potential projects you are thinking of, and get an idea of how comparable homes look in your 'hood.
Happy Remodeling & Updating!