Get More Bang for Your Buck
Whether you're preparing for a move or looking to update your home, remodeling can be a huge undertaking, so it's important the reward is worth it. So what renovations offer the biggest impact on a home's value? Four Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate experts weigh in on what projects are actually worth taking on.
1. Create an Addition
As your family grows, why shouldn't your home? Consider an addition to add major value to your home plus increase square footage.
"Any kind of physical expansion -- whether it's a new bedroom, an extension of a living room, or whatever space you desire -- has a huge impact. If you can add square footage to a house, you always add value. Size matters!"
-- Joesph Rand, managing partner and general counsel
2. Upgrade a Master Bath
The master bathroom is a major selling point for any home. When renovating, incorporate sleek surfaces for a sparkling space that makes cleaning a cinch.
"The master bath should be as large and bright as possible. Texans like things big! They definitely want space in their master baths. A separate water closet and a spacious shower with multiple showerheads are musts. There is also the trend of a separate sink and water closet for each person and only sharing the shower, which we see in the most distinctive homes."
-- Jean Risha, Realtor associate
3. Redo Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub of the home, and functionality is top priority.
"Updating the kitchen with new appliances and bathrooms with new plumbing fixtures may seem trivial, but it's a must! Currently, there are many kitchen features that are trending in the Atlanta area, such as wine refrigerators, drawer-style microwaves and dishwashers, commercial-style ranges, and hidden outlets."
-- Brad Carlton, sales associate
4. Amplify Outdoor Living Space
Nothing beats the option of entertaining outdoors. An outdoor living space will make your home a relaxing destination for get-togethers and add major value.
"Tap the outdoors for extra living space. In the old days, just about everyone had a front porch or screened-in area to shade themselves from the Midwestern heat, and these classic features are still in demand. A screened-in porch or backyard patio -- especially one that includes an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and small fridge -- makes a wonderful additional entertaining area."
-- Mary Hutchison, senior sales executive