Kitchen and Bathrooms
The kitchen can be remodeled by painting or staining the cabinets and adding new hardware. Upgrading the countertops can add value to both the kitchen and bathrooms. The walls and trim can be painted and replacing or refinishing the flooring throughout the house can be more appealing to buyers. If there is a possibility to add an additional bathroom, it would be worth the investment. It depends on the flow and space of the floor plan.
The front door is usually the first impression for a buyer from the curb. Energy efficient siding and windows, along with a roof in good condition give the buyer peace of mind. The garage door should be in working order and the landscaping should look like the buyer won't have to maintain much if that is not something that interests them. The same goes for a pool or a hot tub. To some people it is a luxury that would fit their families' lifestyle, to others it would be more hassle to maintain a pool or hot tub. A wood deck might be a great addition for outdoor living space. The outside design looks great when it matches the home's architectural style.
How about a home theater, finished basement or an attic bedroom? It depends if storage is an issue. Additional square footage definitely increases value. Having a 6 car garage, remodeled office, sunroom, refurbished garage, jetted tub, or fireplace may be aesthetically pleasing or it may be of no consequence. These improvements haven't shown much return on investment. Hopefully, this information will give homeowners ideas on their next remodeling project.