#1: Update the Home Office
Take care of business with a home office remodel. More and more often people are working out of their houses. It is not just a luxury, but a necessity. Turn an unused den or an old office into an inviting work sanctuary with new windows, a fresh coat of paint and built-in shelving, and you’re sure to reap the rewards.
#2: Spring for a Sunroom
Anytime you can add square footage and living space to your home, it’s a winner. Build a sunroom in the back of the house where you have less tree cover and more privacy. The result? A stunning addition can transform the entire house! During the day, the room attracts sunlight, and in the evenings, it attracts guests.
#3: Create or Renovate a Master Suite
Master suites aren’t really a luxury anymore — they are an expected feature. On average, 33 percent of house shoppers are more than likely to buy a home that has recently been renovated. If you can work within the footprint of a house, you’re going to increase your return on investment. When buyers walk into a master suite, they want to see a cozy open space with a really nice closet. Also, always try to squeeze in every bit of storage you can.
#4: Add a Family Room
Add more space and square footage with a new family room. What people want these days are open floorplans so create a bright new spot for the family. Also, everyone loves a fireplace.
#5: Get a New Roof
A shabby roof leaves a first impression that the current homeowners do not take good care of the place. If the roof is plain, flat and turning green in the corners, people will look at it and see major problems that could be showing inside the house. It can really change the character and feel of the house, and the cost can be easy on the pocket. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, a new roof that is architecturally interesting can only be a plus.
#6: Liven Up the Landscaping
Your yard may be thirsty for a makeover. Turn your landscape into a destination hot spot with plenty of seating, elegant water features and lush plants. You could even add extra square footage for entertaining. Glamming up a not-so-hot yard is a good way to go!
#7: Invest In a Major Kitchen Remodel
Having the same old tired kitchen in a 1978 house is likely to stop a house from selling. If you have the yardage, extend your kitchen into the backyard. Size really matters when it comes to kitchens — the bigger the better! It won’t be cheap, but it will be a great investment. It could be the difference between being able to sell your house or not in a tighter market.
#8: Add Another Bath
There is no such thing as too many bathrooms. If your home has fewer faucets than beds, you might want to consider adding a bathroom. If you have only one bathroom upstairs, your guests have to go traipsing up the stairs and throughout your home. That could be uncomfortable for both parties. Why not use that unused space underneath the stairs? It’s a great way to utilize space that would otherwise just be used for storage
#9: Install New Windows
Installing new windows can be beneficial for more than one reason. On an average house, 30 percent of energy is lost through windows. They are not only important in terms of energy issues, but they are also a signal to a future buyer that the current homeowners have really taken good care of the house.