What Adds the Most Value to a Home?

Selling a home is more than just cleaning and planting a few flowers and calling it good. To ensure you get the most value from your home, there are some key things to do.

Read today’s blog to find out what things you can do (both inexpensive and expensive) to increase your home’s value.

Tips to Adding Home Value

Here are five home updates to consider that add value to your home.


The average homeowner spends about $3,500 on landscaping and half that much on a designer, according to the American Nursery Landscape Association. Now, you don’t need to spend that much on landscaping; your home may just need some attractive plants and trees. You can create instant curb appeal with rose bushes and some other perennial bushes, like the rose of Sharon, viburnum, and groundcover to help cover weeds. Try planting a boxwood evergreen or Japanese maple tree for beautiful red color. New landscaping offers a 100 percent return at resale.

Exterior Improvements

With an average return at resale sitting at 95 percent, updating siding or front entry can be a great and inexpensive way to add value to your home. A gallon of paint covers about 400 sq feet and averages about $45 a can. You can paint your door, railings, and other exterior decors, such as shutters. Remove old awnings from windows and doors for an updated look. Add a pergola or arbor for a classic feel.

Minor Kitchen Remodel

To give your kitchen a facelift, consider replacing your flooring or paint existing cabinets. Changing the drapery and adding some artwork is an inexpensive way to give your kitchen a fresh look and adds value to your home. If you can, replace countertops or cabinets with a modern look, or get new stainless steel appliances. The average return at resale is about 98 percent.

Minor Bathroom Remodel

Adding a whopping 102 percent average return at resale, a minor bathroom remodel is the #1 way to add value to a home. You can recaulk your bathroom tub or reglaze it for a like-new finish. Update paint, wall coverings, and fix damaged walls for an instant makeover. You can also remove old shower doors or replace them with a modern look.

Deck, Patio, or Porch Addition

A new deck or patio/porch addition increases your home’s value by 90 percent and adds visual eye-candy for your neighbors and those who drive by. A pressure-treated deck costs about $11,000 but is useful in several ways. Plus, if you ever sell your home, it increases potential buyers’ interest. You can also make small improvements that include adding a gate, lighting, or mature plantings to your porch. 

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If you’re ready to sell your home after adding value, we can help. Fast Oklahoma House Buyers is in the business of buying homes in Oklahoma County and Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have no fees, no commissions, and best of all, there’s no pressure or obligation to sell with us. We close on your timetable and get you money in-hand quickly. Interested? Fill out our short form, and we’ll get in touch with you shortly thereafter.

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