20 DIY Home Renovations Ideas That Instantly Add Value to Your House

20 DIY Home Renovations Ideas That Instantly Add Value to Your House


1 Decorate: 20 DIY Home Renovations Ideas That Instantly Add Value to Your House

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense

Loose fill attic insulation

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Adding attic insulation remains at the top of the list on a national average with a 107 percent cost recoup. It’s the only project that recoups the cost and adds to the resale value. The cost of installing loose fill fiberglass insulation has risen by 5.9 in the past year. Insulating an attic will also save money on energy costs.

steel door replacement

Steel door replacement for entryway

A steel entry door ranks second on the list with an average recoup of 90.7 percent of the cost in resale value. The average cost of the job ran $1,413 nationally and the resale came in at $1,282.

manufactured stone veneer

Manufactured stone veneer

A manufactured stone veneer project remains high on the list of valuable home updates as well. An average of 89.4 percent of the cost of the remodeling project is recouped in resale value.
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Minor kitchen remodel

People can go wild with kitchen remodeling projects but they don’t need to do that. A minor kitchen remodeling project recoups more of the cost than a major one. A minor kitchen remodel had an average cost of $20,830 and of that, $16,699 was recouped for 89.4 percent. A major kitchen remodel project with an average cost of $62,158 returned about $40,560 in resale value for 65.3 cost recoup percentage.

Garage door replacement

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Replacing a garage door is big for curb appeal and it’s also big on its ability to recoup the cost of the project. A garage door replacement is one of the cheaper projects with an average cost of $1,749 but it also returns an average of $1,345 in resale value.

Fiberglass entry door replacement

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On the list of upscale remodeling projects, a fiberglass entry door replacement recouped 85 percent of the cost.


Siding replacement

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Appraisers typically look at the structural elements of a home as part of their process and siding usually plays a part in that. A siding remodeling project carried an average cost of $14,518 and recouped 76.4 percent of the cost.

Window replacement

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Addressing your windows isn’t just window dressing. Potential buyers will notice them and so do appraisers.Vinyl and wood have comparable recoup rates but wood has a higher average cost and nearly 1 percent less recoup rate.

Universal design

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Aging-in-place or universal design is gaining traction among baby boomers who’d rather continue to live in their homes than have to move later in life. Universal design involves reworking a home so it functions for wheelchair mobility and adds safety features like grab bars in convenient places. The recoup rate is 68.4, according to Remodeling Magazine.

Roof replacement

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The roof is one of the most important parts of a home so replacing one is an important project that home buyers will notice. It also turns out to be a pretty good investment, which recoups 68.8 percent of the cost in resale value.

Upgrade kitchen lighting

upgrade kitchen lighting 

Kitchens are the new multi-purpose room. Not only do they need to accommodate the cook, but they also serve as a workstation for kids and adults, gathering space for family meals and dinner parties—the list goes on. The good news is that while lighting plays a big role in setting the mood for these tasks, it’s easy to come up with a custom solution to suit both your family’s needs and the restraints of the existing wiring.

The biggest bang for your buck

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A fresh coat of paint instantly updates and transforms the entire interior of your home, and when you consider that the average price tag of a gallon of one-coat coverage paint is around $38, that’s about the biggest bang for your buck you can get. “Grays are back in vogue, and create a neutral palette that lets your decor really pop,” says Steve Frellick, licensed contractor and founder/broker of Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals. Repaint your bathroom blue, and your house could fetch as much as $5,440 more than expected, according to a recent Zillow report.

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