Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most people will make in their lifetime. While the national housing market has been going strong over the past couple of years, as a homeowner you still need to do everything you can to make your home stand apart from the competition if you want to make a quick sale. In particular, prioritizing larger upgrades for your property is an excellent way to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. Below are a few of the more popular upgrades chosen by homeowners.

Enhance the outdoor experience

Over the past couple of years, homeowners and their families have been spending much more time outdoors. To take advantage of this trend, you should invest in adding a patio to your home’s backyard because they’re shown to be extremely cost effective, costing about $4,380 to $10,080, but typically adding $7,000 in resale value on average.

A great addition to any patio or outdoor space is to install a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. These are great spaces for friends and family to gather even when it’s cold, and they can add an average of $3,300 to over $5,700 to your home’s value.

Another option to enhance your home is to install a pool and/or hot tub. The demand of pools has risen so much over the past couple of years that a pool adds an estimated $27,199 the home’s value, and an inground hot tub adds an average of $7,000 in value. Keep in mind that an inground pool can cost $30,000 or more, so you’ll only want to invest in these upgrades if you enjoy them also.

Boost your home’s curb appeal

As a homeowner, it’s important to invest in curb appeal because you only have one chance to make a great first impression with buyers. By investing in landscaping you can add between 1% to 10% to the value of your home. Trimming your lawn, spreading mulch across your garden, repainting your home’s exterior, and power washing your siding are just a few ways to take this on.

Do a minor remodel of your home

Since homeowners and their families spend much of their time in the kitchen, it only makes sense that upgrading this space can be a major selling point for prospective buyers. A minor remodel of a 200 square foot kitchen can cost an average of $26,200, however you can recoup $18,900 when the home is sold, which is a 71% return on investment. Granite countertops are a great way to add a luxurious look to your space and are just as practical as adding brand new appliances.

In the bathroom, rather than splurging on heated towel racks and floors, and full-body shower sprayers, focus on the basics such as ceramic tile floors and new standard fixtures. When it comes to upgrading your home, it’s important to focus on the upgrades that add value, as opposed to ones that are just novel.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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