In undertaking a home improvement project, two main reasons act as the driving force; to make your homes more comfortable and appealing to you and to boost the home’s resale value. A valuable home improvement increases home value in relation to the investment you put in.

However, it’s hard for most homeowners to keep up with every home repair or upgrade needed. This makes it hard to decide which projects to take on that are worth your time and money and which ones to leave out. This article looks at the common home improvement projects that you should consider.

Home Upgrade Checklist for Six Common Home Improvement Projects

Here are six of the most common home improvement projects that you should think about.

Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen remodels are some of the highest-value home improvement projects. Whether it’s for your own home or an investment property, kitchen remodels are essential to increasing the value of every home. Try to prepare materials you need for your kitchen renovation as you have more control over the materials you need than you have over the cost of labor.

Bathroom Renovation

An upgraded bathroom appeals to many home buyers. In fact, real estate agents say it’s one of the most common questions that potential home buyers ask when viewing houses. Fortunately, bathroom upgrades don’t have to be expensive. A few touches on faucets, showerheads, and toilets may be all you need to renovate your bathroom.

Smart Home Technology

The smart home technology market is projected to reach $350 million by 2023. Things such as automated thermostats, smart locks, and doorbells are quickly catching up with the majority of homeowners. Automated thermostat settings and zoning can help reduce energy costs considerably, making your home more comfortable and making it more appealing to buyers. It’s an investment that is beneficial to you now and in the future.¹


Good landscaping can drastically improve your home’s curb appeal and create a space where people can enjoy outdoor family time. In addition, it can give you a solid return on your investment when selling your home. You may also consider investing in an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor eating area, and a retaining wall.

Windows and Doors

Upgrading your windows and doors is an excellent way to keep your energy costs down as they keep away drafts and keep your home temperature at a comfortable level. They also ensure that your HVAC system doesn’t overwork trying to heat or cool down your home. Note that old windows could be responsible for between 20 and 30% of your heating and cooling bill.²

Air Conditioning System

This is one of the costly home upgrades, and the final cost will depend on your state, type of upgrade needed, and size of your home. Upgrading your HVAC system is among the upgrades that give you peace of mind and come in handy when you want to sell your house.


Your Ultimate Home Improvement Checklist

Before starting on any project, do your homework and ensure that the improvement project you’re undertaking will indeed fulfill your intended need and purpose. It’s typically recommended that you involve a contractor instead of trying to do the improvements yourself.


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