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Home Improvements Done Right Add Value to Your Home

If you’re considering home improvements—or even just adding a few extra touches to freshen up the place—don’t rush the process. Plan first and remodel with valued amenities instead.

You don’t want to pay for impractical or expensive home improvements that could be long out of style when you finally decide to hang a “For Sale” sign in the yard. Instead, look for smart, traditional and fashionable upgrades to provide value and aesthetic beauty for years to come.

While you’re looking for upgrades, consider these following tips to remodel with valued amenities:


  • Spacious kitchens with lots of light make cooking a pleasure, not a chore.
  • Light-colored kitchens can create an illusion of a bigger space.
  • Adding a skylight is another way of creating a spacious feel.
  • Multiple storage shelves/cabinets and an extra sink will reduce counter clutter.
  • Built-in microwaves/dishwashers, six-burner ranges and convection ovens are great for utility and convenience.
  • An island range with bar stools can promote an inviting, social atmosphere.


  • Two-bath homes, plus a master bathroom, are optimal.
  • Many homebuyers see high-end appliances, like whirlpools, Jacuzzis, steam and jet showers, double showerheads and hand-held sprayers as essentials rather than luxury items.
  • Large storage cabinets, freestanding or built-in, are great.
  • Avoid all-white bathrooms—splashes of color are what you see today.
  • Bigger is better. Tiny bathrooms are out.  


Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular modern-day home amenities increasing resale value, so keep hardwood floors in top shape by refinishing them. As an alternative, laminate flooring is typically cheaper than hardwood and a good upgrade from carpet. This is a way to remodel with valued amenities without spending a fortune.

Ceiling Fans

New ceiling fans should be those featuring a remote control instead of just a wall switch, allowing you to change speeds without getting up or requiring a stool.

High-end Home Amenities

  • Specialty rooms like media rooms, wine cellars, workout rooms and children’s playrooms can boost resale value and personalize a home.
  • Outdoor fireplaces, patio heaters, electronic insect control devices, decks and fountains are popular.
  • Outdoor kitchens can boost resale value.
  • If you live in a hot climate, an in-ground swimming pool can increase your home’s value. However, buyers in more more seasonal climates may see pools as an inconvenience. Ask a REALTOR® to see whether pools are popular in your area.

Additional Research Tips

  • Read home magazines like REALTOR® Magazine for cutting-edge information and ideas on how to wisely remodel with valued amenities.
  • Attend home improvement shows.
  • Consult with home designers, building contractors and handymen. Ask a REALTOR® for trusted references.

Updated from an earlier version by Deena Weinberg

Posted By  on Jun 17, 2014