Best ROI Home Improvements for Your Home

Alan J. DiStasio  |  September 26, 2023

Real Estate Guidance

Best ROI Home Improvements for Your Home
There's a comforting feeling that comes from knowing you've made smart investments in your home, especially when those investments result in an impressive return on investment (ROI). The national average ROI for home remodeling projects hovers around the 70% mark. That's a number worth paying attention to as you dream about and plan your next home update.
Everyone wants their home to feel inviting and cozy. Beyond the immediate comfort of a freshly remodeled space, however, it's essential to recognize the long-term financial advantages of certain home improvement projects. Not all renovations are created equal, and some can significantly boost your home's resale value. Let's delve into the details.

Average ROI by home improvement project

While homeowners have a myriad of projects to choose from, the potential ROI can vary widely. It's always a smart move to prioritize tasks that not only enhance your living space but also promise a rewarding return. Here's a handy table breaking down some of the most popular home improvement projects and their average ROI:


Avg. ROI %

Midrange Bathroom Remodel


Minor Kitchen Remodel


Major Bathroom Remodel


Major Kitchen Remodel


Garage Door Replacement


Wood Deck Addition


Replace Windows


Boosting your home's appeal

Sprucing up the kitchen

The heart of many homes is the kitchen. Walking into a space where memories are cooked up is undeniably heartwarming. A refreshed kitchen, whether minor or major, not only rejuvenates this cherished space but significantly enhances the appeal and value of your residence. Imagine the beauty of polished countertops, a new backsplash reflecting the soft glow of pendant lights, or updated appliances that offer both efficiency and elegance.

A new coat of paint

Colors have the power to evoke emotions, memories, and feelings. As such, changing your home's color palette can dramatically alter its feel. Whether you opt for warm, cozy hues or cool, calming shades, a new coat of paint is a simple yet impactful way to refresh its appearance, infusing new energy into every nook and cranny.

Bringing life back to hardwood floors

Gleaming hardwood floors inspire luxury. Over time, these floors may lose their luster, but refinishing them brings out their inherent natural beauty and charm. Each polished plank becomes a testament to the memories tread upon them, all while adding a touch of timeless elegance to the space.

Incorporating reflective mirrors

Spaces transform with the mere addition of mirrors. They not only brighten rooms but create an illusion of expansiveness. Whether it's the grandeur of a full-length mirror in the hallway or the practicality of well-placed mirrors in bathrooms and entryways, their reflective surfaces capture light, moments, and moods, amplifying the beauty of your home.

Updating with modern hardware

Little details often leave the most lasting impressions. Swapping outdated door handles or tired cabinet knobs with modern hardware can breathe fresh life into a room. Each new handle and knob makes the home feel renewed and thoughtfully curated.

Enhancing the home's facade

First impressions matter. When someone approaches your home, the exterior is their initial encounter, a silent introduction to the world you've created inside. Ensuring that it's tidy, fresh, and radiating charm not only uplifts the spirit of those who enter but becomes a beacon of pride and joy for homeowners. Freshly painted walls, a repaired porch, or even a new mailbox can work wonders.

Beautifying the front with greenery

Nature has an uncanny ability to soothe souls. By adorning the front of your home with lush trees, vibrant bushes, and blooming flowers, you're not just enhancing its curb appeal but also crafting a serene prelude to the warmth that lies inside. 

Designing multipurpose rooms

Today's lifestyles demand versatility. Spaces that morph seamlessly from a home office to a cozy reading nook or a guest room are invaluable. Crafting rooms that resonate with this adaptability not only speaks to modern living but ensures every square foot of your home sings with purpose.

Giving attention to attics and basements

Hidden away, attics and basements often bear the brunt of neglect. However, imagine transforming these forgotten areas into vibrant, usable spaces. A basement turned into a cozy family theater or an attic reshaped into a quaint artist's studio adds layers of functionality, breathing purpose into previously overlooked areas and adding significant value to your home.

Modernizing the bathroom

A modern, serene bathroom, with its sleek fixtures and calming color palette, becomes more than just a utility space; it's a mini oasis. An alcove tub for relaxation, a rain shower for rejuvenation, or contemporary vanities can elevate the experience, making it a renovation project that soothes both the body and the soul.

Elements that mold resale value and ROI

The surrounding community

Every home is nestled within the embrace of a community, each with its own stories and allure. A sought-after community, with its vibrant parks and bustling coffee shops, can offer a high quality of life. Homes in these communities not only help create memories but also boast of higher ROIs.

Geographic location

The demands and preferences of a seaside town might be vastly different from those of a metropolitan hub or a quaint village. This tapestry of regional nuances influences the ROI of specific home improvements. Whether it's the allure of a sunroom in a coastal home or the charm of a fireplace in a mountain retreat, geography plays its part in crafting the story of a home's value.

The prevailing market conditions

When buying and selling real estate, market conditions set the tempo. A seller's market, where homes are the coveted prize, can cast a golden hue on your home improvements, making every enhancement seem even more valuable. Conversely, in a buyer's market, where choices abound, the discerning eyes of potential homeowners seek standout features. In both scenarios, understanding the market's pulse can guide homeowners to make improvements that resonate with the current rhythm, ensuring the best potential return.

The renovation duration

Time, as they say, is of the essence. In the world of home improvements, this rings especially true. Quick, impactful upgrades, like a fresh coat of paint or a revamped garden, can breathe life into spaces without the weight of prolonged wait. On the other hand, long-drawn renovations, while potentially more transformative, can defer dreams. The key lies in balancing aspirations with patience, ensuring that each chosen improvement aligns with the envisioned timeline.

Anticipated challenges and costs

The journey of transforming spaces can sometimes meander through unexpected lanes. Planning for these unforeseen challenges, both in terms of time and budget can be the compass that guides a homeowner through. By anticipating potential hitches and allocating resources accordingly, one ensures that the narrative of improvement remains smooth, with the promise of a better ROI echoing in each completed project.

About Ridgeline Realty Group

Alan and Susan DiStasio are the dynamic duo behind Ridgeline Realty Group. If you're looking to buy or sell a home or have any questions about the New Hampshire and Vermont real estate market, contact Ridgeline Realty Group today.

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