There are lots of popular home improvements, but not all provide a return on your investment. Some of the most value-adding projects require only small investments in materials, tools and time. We’ve compiled the top home renovation projects. From simple DIY jobs to those that require a professional touch, here are some ways to add value to your home.

Curb-Appeal Not Only Adds Value, It Makes Buyers Take Notice

When your home looks nicer from the outside, you become the envy of the neighborhood. Curb appeal can be built through inexpensive landscaping, such as adding a new layer of mulch or thinning out bushes and pruning trees. Exterior pressure washing is another simple way to increase buyer interest and adding value. Some other small jobs can increase your home’s worth as well.

Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency may be less visible than curb appeal, but it can give you the biggest bang for your buck. Swap out old light bulbs for LEDs and consider adding energy-efficient appliances and systems, such as HVAC. And for adding maximum value, upgrade your insulation and recoup up to 150% of your investment. Just make sure to highlight the improvement to your potential buyers!

Clean, Declutter And Watch Offers Fly In

A completely de-personalized and neutralized house shows best. Buyers want to envision themselves in homes that they view, so start with a thorough cleaning. Go a little further by following professional staging tips. Remove clutter and arrange furniture to highlight the size and flow of a room. To ensure complete depersonalization, give your home a fresh new look.

Neutral Paint Also Creates A Blank Slate

Most homes benefit from a fresh coat of paint. If your house has different colors, then a neutral palette such as grey or beige is preferred by most buyers. Lighter colors can make rooms look larger but stay away from stark white, except for trim. Painting is inexpensive, but if you have the budget for some more involved renovation, choose wisely.

Some Renovations Are Popular And Worth The Investment

Many buyers like to see updates in the bathroom and kitchen. Both of these rooms can be expensive to renovate, and there are risks of over-improving. Start simple with new faucets and invest in a new tile shower surround. A relatively small investment can give a modern look to a bathroom and drive buyer interest.