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Which Home Renovations Are Homeowners Most Eager to Do?

When getting ready to sell a home, many homeowners look to upgrade the property to add value. But what home renovations are the most enjoyable to complete and add the most value?

 

Here are a few to consider.

  • Added storage space, such as walk-in closets and built-ins: It always feels good to make the most of your home's space, such as adding large closets and built-in fixtures like bookcases for storage. In the case of a walk-in closet, creating a combination of storage and a dressing area, with lighting and lots of cabinet space, adds both aesthetic and financial value.

  • Separate laundry room: We all spend a lot of our time doing laundry; it's a good thing to have a dedicated, attractive, and organized room to do it in. Keeping the room up-to-date with the best appliances and making the most of the space with clever storage solutions will add the most value and make doing laundry a little more enjoyable.

  • Additional bedroom with its own bath: More bedrooms equal more value to your home, and a bedroom that allows its occupant to not have to share a bathroom adds even more appeal.

  • Casual dining spaces adjacent to or in kitchen: Eat-in kitchens mean not eating in the dining room every night. Adding a cozy area to share meals that's close to where the meals are cooked will make for great family dinners and conversation, appealing to potential buyers.

  • Family computing and work spaces: Many of us telecommute now. And even if we work in a traditional office most of the time, we often spend a lot of time working at home and doing recreational activities on the computer. A dedicated space to work and compute adds value and enjoyment to your home.

  • Upgraded kitchens and bathrooms: These rooms are the workhorses of the house and the places where we spend a lot of our time when at home. Adding amped-up features -- such as granite countertops and hardwood floors in the kitchen and ceramic tile and a soaker tub in the bathroom, for example -- not only adds financial value to your home, but allows both you and a potential buyer to enjoy these spaces more.

  • Outdoor living areas: Features like a deck, fire pit, pool, or gazebo mean you can extend your living area into the outdoor spaces surrounding your home -- making your home more valuable while providing more room to stretch out.

Deirdre O'Connor with Dwell360 is a REALTOR® who services the cities and suburbs of metro Boston. She is focused on her customers and her experience in the residential real estate market is extensive. Search for homes in Massachusetts and then give Deirdre a call.