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Up your house project ROI

Washington Energy | 06/13/2013 | Posted in Doors, Heating

With Northwest real estate prices rising and house flipping (yes, really) back in vogue, which home projects will give you the best return on your investment when you sell?


From HGTV, to SmartMoney to realtor websites and blogs, we examined all the top expert advice and analysis to find the common themes and save you hours of your time reading! (And time IS money, right?).

We found 5 themes, making these the best of the best resale value home projects:

  1. Cover the DIY basics. Paint, de-clutter, stage the furniture, add lighting and clean, clean, clean.
  2. Tackle the un-glamorous necessities: Have mechanical systems in good working order including plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning, and water heating. Some authors recommended pre-inspection of your systems to identify serious problems and correct them, before your buyer finds them on their inspection on uses them to negotiate.
  3. Focus on the top ROI (return on investment) updates when doing some pre-sale remodeling. Many articles cited that repairing or replacing that old siding with vinyl or fiber cement siding provides the number one return on investment of any project. A modern kitchen, and bathroom update or addition of an extra bathroom will also provide strong positive return. Most stressed the point that even if you can’t afford new kitchen cabinets and appliances, you can update the look of the kitchen with a re-stain or paint of cabinets, new hardware and lighting.
  4. Energy saving or ‘green’ upgrades add value in two ways. You modernize the house and save money on energy bills, which will make buyers happy. Some upgrades discussed in the various articles included: low flow toilets, insulation, insulated windows, heating systems, and entry doors.
  5. Curb Appeal. First impressions mean a lot and that makes curb appeal highly influential in selling. Curb appeal means your house has a desirable look from the street, including the front door, the windows, hedges, walkways, garden/lawn area. Strong curb appeal pre-disposes the buyer to like the house before they enter.

As SmartMoney.com said, don’t forget “good taste endures.” Not all upgrades provide return on investment. Personalized or extravagant upgrades, such as pools, fancy gardens, marble floors in the bathroom or hand made custom kitchen cabinets may not provide as much return as other more classically styled, basic upgrades or replacements.

Whether you are planning a move or want to increase your home comfort, Washington Energy Services has heating, windows, siding, insulation, plumbing and more, all with one call. Get a home energy specialist to review your project by calling 800 398 4663.

2 Responses to “Up your house project ROI”

  • property management caldwell idaho

    An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I believe that you should publish more on this issue, it may not be a taboo
    subject but generally people don’t discuss such issues.
    To the next! Best wishes!!

    • Washington Energy

      We agree, and if you have any tips on the do’s and don’ts of home upgrades to improve market value, please share them with us. We will take this discussion up again in the spring home improvement season and would be happy to quote you.
      Washington Energy

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