Learn The Home Improvement Projects That Add Value

by Hank Coleman

Brashenomics on 1150 AMFind out about the home improvement projects that add value to your home’s value when I was interviewed by Ben Brashen on the Brashenomics Radio Show last week.

Hear how you can get the best return on your investments that you make in home improvement projects and which projects are the best to tackle from a return on investment perspective that will increase your home value.

Check out the radio interview below…

The Top 3 Home Improvement Projects That Add Value

1. Upgrading your kitchen = 70% to 80% return
2. Upgrading an existing or adding a bathroom = 70% to 80% return
3. Adding energy efficient windows = about a 50% return

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The Top 3 Home Improvement Projects That Don’t Add Much Value

1. Adding a swimming pool
2. Building a deck in your backyard
3. Adding landscaping and/or water features to your yard

There are many other great home improvement projects that add value. Be sure to check out the full interview on YouTube to find more home improvement projects that add value.

Be sure to also check out my first interview on Brashenomics, the Seattle based talk radio show, where Ben and I discussed article that I wrote detailing how to save money on my moving expenses.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.

Hank Coleman has written 591 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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I would love to remodel our kitchen ourselves! This is excellent information, especially for those who want to flip a house. Love the website Hank! I will definitely be returning.


Carl Watson

Awesome post Hank, I was planning to remodel my bathroom and really you have given an awesome suggestion regarding the home improvement project. Thanks a lot.


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Completely agree that the kitchen and bathrooms are the best room in your house to add value.


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There is a lot of debate on this topic and I think every situation is unique. The housing market plays a role, along with the area and the current condition of the kitchen, bath or windows. But as a whole I would agree with the statistics. In some cases a Realtor can help the homeowner figure out the value of an upgrade. At the end of the day living in a home you can be proud of is the biggest value of all.


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I think whether features like a deck and a pool add value to the home, really depends on how much your home is selling for and what area it’s in. I mean, if I’m buying a house in Alaska, I’m probably not going to spend a lot of time grilling and swimming. But there are some neighborhoods in my city where your house won’t sell if it doesn’t have those things.



A swimming pool adds a lot of value to the person who installs the pool, but that’s about it. You really won’t ever get your money back from it so installing a pool is only a good idea if you really want one for yourself. Thanks for the tips.


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That’s interesting that you say that adding a swimming pool doesn’t add much value to your house. The things that you list that add value to a house are all indoor rooms. That makes sense, though, most people care about the interior of their homes, more than their yard.


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Those three things are definitely really good ways to improve the quality and price of your home. A good way to improve the kitchen and bathroom is to add a lot of lighting. People really like those rooms to be bright, so whether you are adding lights or getting brighter bulbs, you are improving it nicely. If you add any lights though, have a professional check all the electrical lines to make sure it was done right and won’t cause a problem.


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