Whether selling your home or not, increasing its value is a necessary concept to always keep in mind. Here's a list of projects including large and small that are sure to increase your home's value.
Project (average cost recouped, national) according to Realtor Magazine:
Minor kitchen remodel (88%)
Bathroom remodel (85%)
Major kitchen remodel (81%)
Family room addition (80%)
Deck addition (77%)
Master suite (75%)
Attic bedroom (74%)
Siding replacement (73%)
Window replacement (69%)
Home office (55%)
Smaller projects that may increase your home’s value include:
Jacuzzi (4 jets or more); permanent hot tub; in-ground pool; security system; sprinkler system; substantial out buildings; and vaulted ceilings.
These may not add value to your house: above-ground pool; ceiling fans; garden pond; and light fixtures.
Ideas to keep in mind:
Remodel with mass appeal in mind.
Use durable, quality materials.
Keep the value of your property within 15 to 20 percent of your neighbors’.