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5 updates to your home that will pay off

Painting is one way of updating your home that will pay off.
Painting is one way of updating your home that will pay off.

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Whether your home needs a face-lift or you’re considering making some renovations in order to prepare for selling it, there are many things that can add value to your home — and they can totally be worth the investment.

Here are 5 updates to your home that will pay off:

1. Replacement windows

On average, replacing your home windows will get you a recoup rate of nearly 90%, according to HGTV. In areas like Central and South Florida, a homeowner can actually recoup more than he or she spends on those windows.

2. Deck, patio or porch addition

You can expect a recoup rate of 90% when you add a deck, patio or porch to your home. If you don’t want to commit to a project quite that big, try adding a fence with an inviting gate and impressive lighting.

3. Landscaping

Landscaping can make a big impact on the look of your home, and the average return is 100%. Start by looking for a local landscaper who can help you create a vision for your yard.

HGTV recommends replacing overgrown shrubbery with flowering foundation plants, and mixing heights and colors for a dramatic effect.

Walkways and fountains can also add major value to your property.

4. Minor kitchen remodel

The recoup rate on a kitchen remodel is 98.5%. Consider all the ways you could update it: recessed lighting, paint on cabinets and a new sink, fixtures or countertops.

5. Minor bathroom remodel

Consider removing dated wall coverings, applying a fresh coat of paint and replace the tub, floor, toilet, sink vanity and/or fixtures.

At resale, the average recoup rate on a bathroom remodel is 102%.


Have you considered making updates to your home? Try checking out local businesses, where there are professionals who can help you decide on what will work best for your home.