A couple of things to remember before you remodel if you are planning on selling after the remodel:
- Don’t over improve for the neighborhood. You will not be able to get your money back.
- Use neutral colors for paint and carpet.
- Adding storage space is always a plus.
- Single use projects rarely pay for themselves. I am referring specifically to a pool.
Simpler, lower-cost projects tend to return greater value.
Projects expected to top 100 percent payback: the midrange garage door replacement, the upscale garage door replacement, the midrange window replacement, and the minor kitchen remodel. Notice a pattern? With the exception of the kitchen job, they’re all replacement projects. In general, replacements cost less and provide a bigger payback than remodels or additions.
First impressions are important.
The replacements that offer the greatest payback are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door. Kitchens still offer the most remodeling bang for the buck.
The data I am using comes from the National Association of Realtors and is an averaging of remodeling costs and returns. I used the numbers from the San Diego area of the survey.
ATTIC INSULATION (FIBERGLASS)
Air-seal a 35×30 attic ﬂoor to address any air leakage from conditioned spaced to unconditioned space. Then add fberglass loose fill insulation, placing it on top of existing insulation if present. Fiberglass loose fill is applied until thickness equating with R-30 insulation value is reached.
Install a 20×20 ﬂagstone patio on ﬂat ground behind the home. Connect the house and patio by installing a lift-and-slide glass door on the back of the house. Place a gas-powered fire pit in the center of the patio and surround it with four mid-priced all-weather deck chairs. On the far end of the patio from the home, install a stoneveneer modular kitchen unit with gas grill, mini-refrigerator, sink, and storage. From each corner of the patio, erect a 20×20 cedar pergola capable of holding an awning that can shade the entire deck. Install mid-priced, low-voltage lights on the pergola sufficient to illuminate the patio at night. Install all needed gas and electrical connections underground from the home to the patio.
Add a full 6-by-8-foot bathroom over a crawlspace with poured concrete walls. Include cultured-marble vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30-by-60-inch white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced faucet; white low-profile toilet; general and spot lighting; electrical wiring to code; mirrored medicine cabinet; linen storage closet or cabinet; vinyl wallpaper; painted trim; and ceramic tile ﬂoor.
Update an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom. Replace all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile ﬂoor; vinyl wallpaper.
DECK ADDITION (COMPOSITE)
Add a 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported by 4×4 posts anchored to concrete piers. Install composite deck material in a simple linear pattern. Include a built-in bench and planter of the same decking material. Include stairs, assuming three steps to grade. Provide a complete railing using a matching system made of the same composite as the decking material.
ENTRY DOOR REPLACEMENT (FIBERGLASS)
Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and jambs and replace with fiberglass door with simulated wood grain, stained same color both sides; dual-pane, decorative half-glass panel with zinc caming; PVC-wrapped exterior trim in color to match existing trim; 2.5-inch interior colonial or ranch casings in hardwood stained to match door. Replace existing lockset with mortise lock with lever handle and integrated deadbolt.
ENTRY DOOR REPLACEMENT (STEEL)
Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and jambs and replace with new 20-gauge steel unit, including clear dual-pane half-glass panel, jambs, and aluminum threshold with composite stop. Door is factory finished with same color both sides. Exterior brick-mold and 2.5-inch interior colonial or ranch casings in poplar or equal prefinished to match door color. Replace existing lockset with new bored-lock.
FAMILY ROOM ADDITION
In a style appropriate to the existing house, add a 16-by-25-foot room on a crawlspace foundation with siding and fiberglass shingle roof. Include drywall interior with fiberglass insulation, pre-finished hardwood ﬂoor, and 180 square feet of glazing including windows, atrium-style exterior doors, and two operable skylights. Tie into existing HVAC. Add electrical system to code, including 12 recessed ceiling lights.
GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT
Remove and dispose of existing 16×7-foot garage door and tracks. Install new 4-section garage door on new galvanized steel tracks; reuse existing motorized opener. New door is un-insulated, single layer, embossed steel with two coats of baked-on paint, galvanized steel hinges, and nylon rollers. 10-year limited warranty.
MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL
Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate counter tops; and standard double tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient range, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient ﬂooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.
MASTER SUITE ADDITION
Add a 24-by-16-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Include walk-in closet/dressing area, a freestanding soaker tub, separate 3-by-4-foot ceramic tile shower, and double-bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop. Bedroom ﬂoor is carpet; bathroom ﬂoor is ceramic tile. Painted walls, ceiling, and trim. General and spot lighting, exhaust fan; electrical wiring to code.
MINOR KITCHEN REMODEL
In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and counter-tops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new shaker-style wood panels and drawer fronts, including new hardware. Replace cooktop/oven range and slide-in refrigerator with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate counter-tops; install mid priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient ﬂooring.
Remove existing roofing to bare wood sheathing and dispose of properly. Install 30 squares of 235-pound fiberglass asphalt shingles (min. 25-year warranty) with new felt underlayment, galvanized drip edge, and mill-finish aluminum ﬂashing. Assume a 5-square hip roof; custom ﬂashing at two average-size skylights; and custom cap treatment at vented ridge.
In a style similar to the rest of the home, add a first-ﬂoor family room and a second-ﬂoor bedroom with full bathroom in a 24-by-16-foot two-story wing over a crawlspace. Add new HVAC system to handle addition; electrical wiring to code. Family room: Include a prefabricated gas fireplace; 11 3-by-5-foot double-hung insulated clad-wood windows; an atrium-style exterior door; carpeted ﬂoors; painted drywall on walls and ceiling; and painted trim. Bathroom: 5 by 8 feet. Include a one-piece fiberglass tub/shower unit; standard white toilet; wood vanity with solid-surface counter-top; resilient vinyl ﬂooring; and mirrored medicine cabinet with built-in light strip; papered walls; and painted trim; exhaust fan. Bedroom: Include walk-in closet/dressing area; carpet; painted walls, ceiling, and trim; general and spot lighting.
Add a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets; stone counter-top with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the ﬂoor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-ﬂoor heating.
Expand an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within existing house footprint. Relocate all fixtures. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the ﬂoor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-ﬂoor heating.
MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL
Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone counter-tops with imported ceramic- or glass-tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, commercial grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting, including low-voltage undercabinet lights. Install tile or similar ﬂooring that looks like wood.
MASTER SUITE ADDITION
Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Bedroom: Add a spacious sleeping area with lounging/sitting area adjacent to large master bathroom. Include custom bookcases and built-in storage with millwork details; high-end gas fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantle; and large walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light, mirrors, and linen storage. Add French doors to exterior. Bathroom: Include a large walk-in shower with dual-shower system, stone shower walls and ﬂoor, and custom frameless glass enclosure. Add freestanding soaker tub. Include two sinks in separate custom vanities with stone counter-tops and large mirrors. Create partitioned area for luxury one-piece toilet.
WINDOW REPLACEMENT (VINYL)
Replace 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows. Simulated wood-grain interior finish; custom-color exterior finish. Trim exterior to match existing; do not disturb existing interior trim.
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