15 Home Improvements that will Pay you back – Mostly, Plus ROI Details

From a strictly dollars and cents analysis, almost all (but not all) home improvements make no sense (DIY projects should be judged differently than home improvements done by professional contractors, since they will have an inherently higher ROI on dollars invested).

eclectic kitchen with a beautiful mosaic backsplash

In most cases, you are not going to get the money back you put into them. But is a home improvement going to perk up the quality of your life, make you proud of your house, improve your lot with the neighbors, make your life more fun? You cannot put a price tag on those.

However, be aware that even that emotional boost aka “enjoyment factor” will not always make a home improvement worth it. Take a hard look at the real estate market in your neighborhood before plunging into a major home remodeling upgrade.

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Top 15 Bathroom Remodel Ideas, Costs, and ROI


Your bathroom is the first thing you see every day. Bleary-eyed and groggy. And you are tired of it! What can you do? First, come up with between $15,000 and $35,000, which is the low-end cost most homeowners can expect to pay for a moderate bathroom makeover this year. Then consider the following upgrades many of which can be completed by a handy “Do It Yourself” enthusiast such as yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Top 15 Kitchen Design Ideas and Costs

Ready to create a kitchen that will really impress with its versatility, design and style? If so, our DIY home improvement guide to kitchen renovation and remodeling projects will be a great starting point for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your kitchen may be the most important room in your home this year! It is a now a multipurpose space for working from home, connecting with family, entertaining, and is the heart of a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Kitchens have anywhere from a 60%-100% return on investment, assuming you make the right choices. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whether youโ€™ve got a micro-loft or mansion; your kitchen has to look great and function efficiently. So whatโ€™s trending in the latest kitchen design? Which kitchen remodeling projects deliver the best value? Which projects can be tackled by a crafty DIY enthusiasts? How can you get the most out of your renovation budget?

What will you do to make your kitchen amazing this year?

Getting Started Planning your magnificent kitchen makeover starts with:

  1. Clearing out the old to create a clean slate
  2. Getting up to date on emerging design trends
  3. Deciding what you want your kitchen and remodel to do for you
  4. Creating a budget
  5. Visualizing your new look

A midrange kitchen remodel can run from as little as $25,000 to over $75,000. The average spent is $45,000 to $65,000.

Hanley Wood Cost vs. Value Report estimates a major, upscale kitchen remodel can run up to $149,000, with only approximately a 50% return on investment when it comes time to sell.

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