So you've finally bought your very own home… Congratulations, it's time to pop the champagne. But it needs some work, huh? That’s okay; making changes along the way is all part of the process when you’re transforming your new home into the space of your dreams.
So where do you start? Ask your parents, and they’ll most likely say the bathroom, since new equals hygienic. Ask your family, and they’ll selfishly say the kitchen, since it’s where they spend most of their time. Ask your friends, and the answer will always be the living room, since that’s where they all like to hang when they visit.
While all of these places deserve equal attention, your budget won't be so accommodating. So what comes first? Which home improvement project will give you the best bang for your buck and give you a decent return on investment if or when you decide to sell?
If you’re just as clueless as we are, don’t worry, we did the research for you. Actually, Remodel magazine’s Cost vs. Value report did. This handy guide compares the “average cost for 30 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 100 U.S. markets.” You can even download a report specific to the region and city you live in. Genius.
We put together the top seven home improvement tweaks that will bring the most return on investment. You’ll never guess which renovation brings the highest return on investment nationwide.
What home improvement would you invest in?