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We give you some ideas to help boost your value of your house

For those homeowners whose property is "under improved" for their neighborhood, more substantial work may be warranted to bring the property up to the level of the surrounding homes. Although many homeowners are reluctant to tackle such projects, upgrading can be the key to realizing your home's potential.

Be careful not to push your home above the value of the neighborhood. It is rare that a house sells for more than 15% above the neighborhood median, regardless of the extent of the improvements. The following is a listing of common improvements and their typical return on investment for a 25 year-old three bedroom 1.5 bath cape.

The estimates are based on Practical Homeowner's How to Increase Your Home's Value. They are intended to be general guidelines. Each situation is unique.

Beyond the return financially, you should consider whether it is worth the aggravation and/or whether you intend to stay long enough to enjoy the improvements yourself. Please feel free to call me if you would like my input.

Interior Surfaces
  • New paint, carpeting and vinyl flooring for the kitchen and bath.
  • Professional job: 90% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 150% Return
Bathroom Renovation
  • New fixtures and flooring for 7x8 foot bathroom
  • Professional job: 75% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 200% Return
Kitchen Renovation
  • New cabinets, appliances, countertops and flooring
  • Professional job: 70% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 150% Return
Fireplace Addition
  • Pre-fab unit with hearth, mantel and chimney top
  • Professional job: 70% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: Not recommended
Deck Addition
  • Footings, pressure treated lumber, stairs and handrails for a 224 square foot deck
  • Professional job: 65% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 200% Return
Exterior Repainting
  • Scraping loose paint and painting trim and siding with one coat of paint
  • Professional job: 60% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 1000% Return Attic Conversion
  • Two rooms, two closets, two windows, four doors, wiring, insulation, drywall and flooring for 16x36 foot attic
  • Professional job: 50% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 90% Return
Wood Siding
  • 1500 square feet of six-inch cedar siding
  • Professional job: 30% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 90% Return
Basement Conversion
  • Suspended ceiling and paneling
  • Professional job: 30% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: 70% Return
In-Ground Pool
  • 16 x32 foot plastic-lined pool with sidewalk and grading
  • Professional job: 35% Return
  • Do-it-yourself: Not recommended
Major home improvements should be carefully considered in relationship to the surrounding neighborhood. Unless your home is the exception to the rule, moderation is the key to gaining a return on your home improvement dollars.

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If you want to increase the value for your property with home improvement that you can do yourself, we'll provide hints, tips and some suggested reading to help you increase house values before you sell. We have quite a few excellent books for sale on the subject, in addition to other resources to help you get started on home repairs or improvements.

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