When it comes to home improvements, not all are created equal. While some add definite value to the price of your home, others may be nice to have, but don’t do much to boost overall asking price. Regardless of whether you want to make interior and exterior improvements for yourself and your family or if you want to get your home ready to sell, the following home improvement projects can be especially beneficial.

Kitchen Updates

UntitledA great way to add value to your home is by updating the kitchen. Most homeowners can expect to receive between 60 to 120 percent of their investment back when it comes time to sell the home, according to MoneyCrashers. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to go crazy and gut the entire kitchen to make it much nicer than every other home on the block.

Relatively simple upgrades, like getting rid of your old countertops and replacing them with a beautiful and luxurious looking marble or granite, and swapping out your laminate floors with durable and attractive tiles can make a world of difference. You might also consider purchasing new appliances including a high-end refrigerator


New Windows

windowsYou don’t have to wait until your windows have obvious damage (like cracks or breaks) to consider replacing them. Windows have come a long way over the years and in addition to looking really good, they can help lower energy costs. Take an honest look at the windows throughout your home; if they are looking pretty tired and if you can feel the hot or cool outside air coming in, it is definitely time for an upgrade. As a bonus, new windows will improve the appearance of both the interior and exterior of the home.


Plant Trees

Original_BPF-Holiday-House_Improving your home’s curb appeal can both make it look nicer and boost its value. As HGTV notes, a relatively easy way to do this is to plant a tree or two. Choose small saplings that will grow into beautiful shade trees. Adding some shrubs and lovely flowers is also a nice way to improve the look of the exterior of your home. You can either work with a local landscaper who can provide you with some ideas for choosing the best plants for your area and soil type, or you can visit your local garden store for ideas and advice. (photo courtesy of HGTV)


Upgrade the Bathroom

photo_4As a rule of thumb, focus first on the master bath. When it comes to a return on your investment, this bathroom tends to be at the top of the list. In addition to more obvious upgrades- like a new toilet and vanity- you should also consider updating the floor to something more stylish. For example, tiles look great and can withstand getting wet. Other upgrades that can boost your home’s value include a mosaic glass back-splash behind the sink, a new tub with jets, and fresh paint on the walls.