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Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Bathroom additions can add comfort and convenience for homeowners, plus catch the eye of potential buyers.
March 2018

A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs is expected to approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from 2017, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

While the choice to remodel is individual, there are many studies that show some projects return more on your investment than others. Fortunately, some of 2018’s leading remodeling trends also have great ROI.

• Trend 1: Bathroom additions

A top trend this year is adding bathrooms to unique spaces, meaning not letting existing plumbing limit your options. Homeowners can get the valuable bathroom addition they want without cutting concrete by opting for above-floor plumbing features such as a macerating toilet and drain pumps from Saniflo. These compact systems can fit into a closet, beneath a stairway or even be built into the wall. Get more details at saniflo.com.

• Trend 2: Home exterior updates

Some exterior remodeling projects can be costly and time-consuming, such as replacing siding and windows or redoing landscaping. To get a big visual bang for your buck with great ROI, consider replacing your garage door. The average garage door replacement job cost is $3,470, according to the Cost vs. Value report, plus it has a whopping 98 percent cost recouped at resale.

• Trend 3: Smart home upgrades

Smart homes have been trending for some time, but the trend could reach a tipping point thanks to wider availability and more affordable options.

Some of the most popular tech enhancements include smart lighting controls that save energy and let you customize lighting in every room of your home. Smart door locks and security systems are also valuable additions. Technology is bound to make your home more comfortable and safe while boosting the bottom line come sale time—(BPT).


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