Monday May 09th, 2022


While the value of our homes tend to generally appreciate over time. How much they appreciate will often depend largely on what you do with your home while you live in it. People who make regular upgrades to their homes often enjoy far greater returns on their real estate investments compared to people who just do basic regular maintenance.

1. Finish your basement

There is probably no other project that can bring you a better ROI than a finished basement. In many cases, finishing off a basement can turn your 2,000 sq. ft. home into a 3,000 sq. ft. home, increasing your living space by almost a third. Creating an in-law suite or apartment is also a potential source of extra income. 

2. Install wood flooring

While carpeting, tile and even linoleum are still acceptable flooring options, there is probably no type of flooring in greater demand right now than wood flooring. A wide variety of options, ranging from engineered hardwoods to modern laminates are finding their way into even the highest-end homes. 

3. New roof 

While a roof may not be the “sexiest” of upgrades, it will definitely provide the best ROI overall. When new home buyers are looking for a home, the first thing they are going to want to invest in is renovating the interior to their own taste and style. They are far more likely to purchase a home that is structurally sound in every way, particularly when it comes to (literally) the roof over their head. 

4. Pay attention to the small details

While you may be used to the slight squeak the third step on your staircase makes or the chip in the tile in the bathroom, these are all relatively easy fixes that will go a long way towards convincing potential buyers that everything in your home is ship-shape. Conversely, while none of these small imperfections are going to affect the overall structural integrity of your home, they can all cumulatively lead to the vague impression of a home that has been neglected. If it’s chipped, worn, broken, cracked or frayed, it should be repaired or replaced.

5. Spruce up the bathrooms and kitchen

You want as large a pool of buyers as possible to be interested in your home, so you don’t want to invest a great deal in something that is very taste-specific. This doesn’t mean, however that you can’t give your kitchen and baths a goods sprucing up. 

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