Sometimes the least expensive improvements yield the highest paybacks. A lot of studies have shown that a fresh coat of paint on interior walls returns an average 75 percent payback. So, a $2,000 paint job could increase a home’s selling price by $3500.
To maximize salability, choose shades of white and tame versions of popular colors. Stay away from too many personal touches and custom work if you plan to re-sell. It is unlikely that your investment will be recouped and it may prevent the quick sale of your home.
The kitchen and bathroom are key areas to focus your renovation attentions. With average paybacks of 72 and 68 percent respectively, new fixtures, cabinets and tiles could be well worth the money and/or time and effort. The 1999 Renovations and Home Value Survey by the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) highlighted the top renovations and the average rate of return:
- Interior painting and décor - 73%
- Kitchen renovation - 72%
- Bathroom renovation - 68%
- Exterior paint - 65%
- Flooring upgrades - 62%
- Window/door replacement - 57%
- Main floor family room addition - 51%
- Fireplace addition - 50%
- Basement renovation - 49%
- Furnace/heating system replacement - 48%
- The study also suggests you get huge returns by cleaning and removing clutter from your house.
- Landscaping is another area where you will see good returns on your investment.
We can suggest which areas of your home could benefit from renovating and increase its value and salability.