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Best Home Improvments for Increasing Your Home's Value


Not every project you complete in your home will pay you back 100% or more of what you spent on it.  Home buyers can have different taste than you and different priorities and may not value what you have done as much as you have.  Let's say you put in this amazing Japanese style garden with beautiful paths, rocks and ponds that cost you $30,000.  A buyer comes along that wants a traditional lawn and pool for their kids to play and that improvement to them is worth nothing.

Upgrading your home can be rewarding and fun but if you are thinking of selling your home in the next few years it does pay to keep in mind which home improvement projects will be best for your home when you go to sell it.


Here are some of the Best Home Improvements for Incresasing your Home's Value:


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As you can see the best home improvement to increase your home's value is Remodeling the Kitchen.  Kitchens have become a real showpiece in a home, it is where everyone wants to congregate and spend time.  Some kitchens these days are real jewels, with a beautiful mix of materials, light and space.  Updating your kitchen can really pay off.  If you have a dated kitchen with 1970's tile and dark cabinets, just changing the counter tops, painting the cabinets and adding new hardware will go a long way.  

Another top home improvement to increase your home's value is adding a bathroom if you only have 1 bath.  Bathrooms are a big deal to buyers, and many want a master bedroom suite with a private bathroom.  If your home only has 1 bath and there is room to add another, this could be a good investment.

Adding square footage is a great way to increase your home's value.  The difference in value between a 900 SF home and a 1500 SF home can be quite sizeable and if the numbers pencil out adding square footage is a good idea.

Deck addition - everyone loves a good outdoor space, especially in Santa Cruz.  In Santa Cruz we have great weather pretty much year round so having a nice deck or patio when you can enjoy the sun, have BBQ's, drink your morning coffee is important.  A great outdoor space can really sell a home our Santa Cruz area.

Contact Jessica Wallace - Your Santa Cruz Realtor

For more about ways to improve your home for sale, Santa Cruz market conditions, the value of your home please contact me at 831.419.9345 or via email at

To see an estimate of your home's value visit here:  Santa Cruz Online Home Valuation


Authored by Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor

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Comment balloon 1 commentJessica Wallace • January 25 2014 04:11PM


Hello Jessica, informative post that discusses the  BEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR INCREASING YOUR HOME'S VALUE. Hope to read many more informative articles like this in the future. Keep it up!
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