If you're planning on selling your house and have all these grand home improvement plans, remember that not all renovations are created equal when it comes to a return on investment. When remodeling your home in preparation for sale, know what pays off the most so that you can get the most bang for your buck and a tidy sum in equity.

Minor Kitchen Remodels

You might think that your dated kitchen needs a complete gut job, but that doesn't necessarily have to be true. Even small remodels can make a kitchen look a lot less dismal than it might have looked at first glance. For example, rather than replacing your hideously dated cabinets from the 1970s, try giving them a coat of paint and new hardware to transform their look. Additionally, new appliances can be a showstopper and bring the kitchen into the 21st century. It doesn't have to be a large and expensive upgrade to get buyers' attention.

Wooden Deck Upgrades 

People love having a place outdoors to sit and relax. If you're thinking about replacing or possibly upgrading your deck, this is a great way to see the money you're putting into your home come back into your pocket. Make your deck an outdoor paradise by giving it a modern facelift and ensuring that it is safe and up to code as you do.

Window Replacements 

Energy-efficient upgrades are all the buzz in the home improvement world, which means that if you purchase windows marked with the Energy Star label then you are making a fantastic choice. Buyers love to see that there are already green upgrades to the home because that means that they are reducing their carbon footprint while saving money on their monthly utility bills. Energy-efficient windows are made with a special film that absorbs harmful UV light and keeps heat inside when it's cold and cool air inside when it's warm out.

Bathroom Remodels 

Already one of the most expensive rooms in the house, buyers also love to see a newly refinished bathroom. Fresh plumbing and updated flooring mean that not only is there less of a chance that something will malfunction down the road, but also that everything is clean and fresh for the new owners.


Selling your house can be expensive, there's no question about it. But when you see the return on your investment through home improvement tactics, pat yourself on the back for doing what needs to be done to get the most out of your home renovation.