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Top 3 Home Updates Which Pay Off

Figure out how the top 3 home improvements rank, in addition to getting tips about how to maximize your return at resale.

Bathroom Remodel

102% – Average return at resale

Utilize a softener to remove the older caulk. After you are finished, fill your bathtub up with water to stretch the caulk as it dries.

If the old bathtub is too big to get out of your door, re-glaze the tub for a finish that looks new. Price: $300 – $400.

Get rid of outdated wall coverings then put on a new paint coat. For any walls that are damaged, spray on texture offers fast coverage.

Replace older shower doors or get rid of them in order to add an illusion that there is a lot of space.

Landscaping

100%: Average return at resale

Sod will cost around 30 – 35¢/square foot; therefore, a yard that is 5,000 sq. ft. would be priced at around $1,500 in order to sod. Budget for delivery charge if you purchase under 1,000 square foot of sod.

Splashes of color at the front of your home is an eye-catching benefit. For optimal impact, use a single color and vary the plant heights.

If the doorway is bombarded with greenery, get the shears out. Replace all overgrown shrubs with flowering foundation plants, and mix colors and heights for a dramatic effect.

Minor Remodel of the Kitchen

98.5%: Average return at resale

Place recessed lighting 3-feet – 5-feet apart on center and 18-inches from cabinetry to light your countertops. Running lights between the joists is simpler than running through them.

If your house is worth over $500,000, try trendy glass or stone countertops.

Cover older vinyl with floor leveler in order for the pattern to not bleed through. You cannot place a second vinyl layer on if your subfloor is below grade concrete.

Brighten the kitchen up by painting and sanding existing cabinetry. It is less expensive than purchasing new cabinets.

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