by Kacey Bradley November 04, 2020 3 min read

When embarking on your home improvement journey, it's essential to prioritize your needs and desires. Everyone's vision for their space is different, along with their budgets. When renovating, there will probably be a few projects you're on the fence about. It can be hard to determine which updates will pay off in the long-term.

While some upgrades speak to trends, plenty look at quality — features that can stand the test of time. Consider which renovations are worth every penny.

1. Landscaping

Dedicating time and money to landscaping can be anything you make it — including a family project with just the cost of materials to foot. Endeavors like gardening can impact your home's curb appeal and land utility.  

2. Painting Projects

A new color can often bring joy and rejuvenation into a space. If you plan to take on the task yourself, wait for dry weather, as humidity can slow drying time. You should also cover up anything you don't want paint to get on with drop cloths, plastic and painter's tape. 

3. Basement Finishing

Finishing your basement adds another room to your home and positively impacts resale value. While this renovation is a large project, you'll never regret it.

4. Garage Door Upgrade

Old garage doors can drag your house down both visually and functionally. If you notice that your garage door is glitchy or unappealing, an update may be in order.

5. Window Replacement

Windows are a vital part of your home that offer more purpose than you might think. Their quality can affect your home's security and energy bills, so you'll want to keep an eye on them. If your utility bills start to rise or you notice condensation building up on the panes, it may be time for a replacement.  

6. Outdoor Space Additions

Along with the use you'll get from your outdoor space, the construction of a deck, porch or patio adds resale value to just about any home.

7. Siding Enhancement 

If you eventually plan to sell, replacing your siding can be a worthwhile investment when the time is right. Old, damaged siding can be a serious eyesore, and investing in an update can offer returns on curb appeal.

8. Kitchen Backsplashes

Adding a backsplash can modernize an entire kitchen with one renovation. There are many affordable materials to choose from, including tile, porcelain, steel and marble. 

9. Green Energy Options

Investing in green energy for your home can have massive benefits. You can reduce your carbon footprint and cut your energy bill. Plus, one study found that buyers are willing to pay a $15,000 premium for homes with an average-sized solar array, making this upgrade ideal if you plan to sell your property.

10. Restoring Hardwood

Few things are more satisfying than ripping up old, musty carpet to discover gorgeous vintage hardwood. Especially if you live in an older house, restoring your hardwood can bring extra beauty, charm and resale value.

11. Appreciating Your Fireplace

If your fireplace works like a charm, caring for it can do wonders for your home's value. If it doesn't function correctly, getting it in working order will keep you toasty warm, while also boosting your home's value.

Consider Trying One of These Home Upgrades

Which renovations do you plan to embark on in your home? No matter which you choose, you'll be sure to love the fresh new look and added value.