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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Painting, updated flooring, Stainless appliances, updated countertops, updated bathrooms

Sep 12, 2019 12:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Painting and carpet are high on the list.

Sep 12, 2019 12:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can't add much to what's already been said except maybe to make sure that landscaping and backyard are manicured... curb appreal is a must. And in many markets these all don't really add "value" per se... they make the home easier and quicker to sell at top of market value.

Sep 12, 2019 02:43 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Most home improvement projects add value, but none add more value than they cost.

Sep 12, 2019 02:15 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Updated Kitchen & Bathrooms. Landscaping. No deferred maintenance- so clean gutters, fresh paint, everything working right. I am also a big fan of a special feature that makes the property stand-out over others. Maybe it's an Inlaw apartment, a Bar in the Family Room or a Hot Tub & Pool with Deck or Patio. Maybe it's something simple, like upgraded lighting or a Chandelier.  

Sep 12, 2019 01:24 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A smart kitchen, cozy bath and good floor coverings still hold-up. Fresh paint, landscaping and a clean home all market well too

Sep 12, 2019 01:21 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Please educate me more on this subject. What home improvements add value in your marketof Berryville, TX?

Sep 12, 2019 02:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it depends on the magnitude of the home.... but typically, an updated kitchen and updated bathrooms....

Sep 12, 2019 01:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would add kitchen, master bathroom to the comments given thus far. Of course it has to make sense numbers wise. A

Sep 12, 2019 01:15 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Tackle all the deferred repairs before you make it pretty!


Kitchen, Bathrooms, Windows, Paint, Flooring, Landscaping

Sep 12, 2019 07:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Painting and flooring may get you 100% plus return. All others, not so much!

Sep 12, 2019 03:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Most projects add appeal and comfort but none or few actually put you on the plus side financially.

Sep 12, 2019 07:10 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No one posted this??

Comes out annually and is REGIONAL. Very valuable info!

Remodel Mag 2019 Cost Vs Value Report


Sep 12, 2019 05:33 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Landscaping, repairs, paint, kitchens, baths

Sep 12, 2019 05:24 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Kitchens and bathrooms.

Sep 12, 2019 04:41 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Fresh paint, flooring, kitchen counter back splash and counter tops (if needed) along with yard clean up and beauty bark or other fresh ground cover in the flower beds typically bring the best return for dollars expended.

Whether or not one makes a profit on the dollars expended largely depends on what one is starting with. I've had such improvements actually net the seller $20K or more profit on the dollars spent. On a home that what pretty good to begin with - we're mostly looking at improvements to help get the home sold and "probably" get the expended funds back.

Sep 12, 2019 03:30 PM
Mike Easton
Movement Bank - Charlotte, NC
Creative lending solutions from coast to coast

Kitchens, bathrooms and curb appeal! Another great way to dig deeper into this is by looking at the comparables from an appraisal report and seeing what adjustments were made to the subject and the comps so you can know EXACTLY what weighs in and how much. Since real estate is so specific to location I think this 'age old' question is loaded but this is probably to only true way to 'actually add value to the home' because you're taking the professional appraisers opinion of value and improving upon it while not pricing yourself out of the neighborhood.

Sep 13, 2019 06:26 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Kitchen and bathroom remodel is the common answer. But in my opinion, that is just cosmetic. Newer plumbing, electric, furnace, A/C and roof and hiring an experienced home inspector to really find out all there is, would be my choice. Contacting a Realtor  well in advance before any work is done and have the seller fully understand the advantage/disadvantage of each "remodel" will make them the most money as wel as the least. Or if you represent the buyer, educate them of the pro's and con's. Cosmetic can always be done later by the buyer tomake the house to their own taste.

Sep 13, 2019 01:18 AM
Adriana Alce
Reforms - Baxley, GA
Consultant specialized in real estate reforms

In my opinion, the projects that add the most value to a house are not the strictly decorative ones, but those that offer added value. For example, putting in floor heating or any other change that has a positive impact on energy consumption

Feb 27, 2020 06:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Curb appeal improvments and backyard hardscaping are supposed to be #1 (based on NAR reports). In the Charlotte area, kitchen & bath improvements as well as flooring & paint. 

Sep 13, 2019 10:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am with Wayne Martin on this ... and it depends on the property and the location ... and what the particular market is doing.  Sometimes it just makes sense to clean it up inside and out.  Knowing the market is key. This is NOT a one size fits all formula.  Some may say it is ... I disagree.

Sep 13, 2019 09:02 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kitchen always rates #1. Same answer for both of your questions.

Sep 13, 2019 06:40 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Kitchen, bathrooms, roof, siding, windows, heating system, paint and flooring. 

Sep 13, 2019 05:40 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Indoor pools. Solarium's. Koi ponds and don't forget the gravel drive to alert the owner when a visitor has arrived.

Best roi before sale is repair, clean, paint, update.
A house with obvious obsolescence must limit the investment to resale potential. $100,000 to upgrade an obsolete kitchen could be a really bad decision.

Sep 13, 2019 04:58 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

All home improvement projects add value. The question is how much and which ones pay for themselves.

Sep 13, 2019 04:21 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In my opinion: paint, carpet, front landscaping.

Sep 13, 2019 03:24 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Are you on Reddit too?  Could have sworn I saw this exact question pop up in my daily email from them.


Move-in ready is preferred.

Sep 12, 2019 09:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No doubt it varies by market but simple cosmetic changes are unlikely to add much value, but they will make the home more appealing compared to the competition. Updated kitchens and baths certainly help, as do new appliances.

Sep 12, 2019 08:41 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It can depend on what you're starting with. Sellers need to be careful not to overspend when doing remodeling and improvements.

Sep 12, 2019 06:23 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Kitchens and bathrooms 


Oct 12, 2019 11:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kitchen & bath updates, carpet/hardwood flooring/tile and windows.

Sep 28, 2019 05:13 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Modern kitchens and bathrooms are very popular.

Open and spacious kitchen and family room renovations are also very popular.

Sep 18, 2019 03:14 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Carpeting is always a big one.


Sep 17, 2019 09:18 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Kitchen, bathrooms

Sep 15, 2019 09:47 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It all depends on where in my area you are in...

Sep 13, 2019 12:59 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

New kitchen

Sep 13, 2019 06:13 AM