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The best renovations for your money
To make your renovation dollars go farther, here's what appraisal experts say is worth it - and what isn't:

Renovation Dos
Kitchen remodel
The kitchen is the core of your home's value. Investing in upgrades to appliances, surfaces, storage, finish and details can give the whole home a new feel. Take the extra step to create an open floor plan for maximum return.
Bathroom upgrade
Freshen up fixtures, tile and lighting to transform a dingy, dated bathroom and impress potential buyers. The less they feel they'll have to do themselves, the more your home is worth.
Wood flooring
Hardwood floors are here to stay, with a timeless, versatile look that can read both luxe and rustic. High-quality laminate achieves similar results for less money.
Energy efficiency
Green is the color this season — in more ways than one. Upgrading your home to energy-efficient lighting, insulation, windows and appliances appeals to buyers' senses of civic duty, and to their pocketbooks in terms of longterm savings.

Renovation DONT's

Ditch the pool
Swimming pools are great fun - with an enormous price tag, and costly
maintenance to boot. The best reason to build a pool is your personal enjoyment; don't bank on it bringing home value returns.
Forget the fancy office
Showcasing your home's flexibility is a smart move, but beware the permanent conversion with expensive built-ins. Buyer's won't relish the thought of un-renovating that deluxe office or yoga studio.
Scrap the carpet
Don't bother with upgrading floors if you plan to lay down carpet. Not only do a dwindling number of buyers want it (remember, hardwood is all the rage), but you're far less likely to see an appreciation in home value from new carpeting.
Standalone bathroom addition
An extra bathroom sounds like a great selling point, but beware. Adding a single bathroom is enormously expensive (you save when it's part of a larger addition), which you're unlikely to recoup from increased value



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