10 features that add value to your home
Be wary if renovations are out of character with the community, such as granite countertops in a subdivision where plastic laminate is the norm.
2. Modern bathrooms. A big asset is a spa or a whirlpool tub. Some other features buyers are seeking are separate showers with steam and/or multiple jets, a double sink, and a separate room for the toilet. Make sure the plumbing and water heater can handle the job. The pipes have to be large enough to carry an adequate volume of water and the water heater has to be big enough to accommodate it.
4. Natural materials. In floor coverings -- especially bathrooms or kitchens -- look for ceramic tile or wood rather than linoleum, which can tear.
7. Good windows. Insulated windows are always a plus. Well-placed skylights are also a good touch to add value.
8. Landscaping. Mature trees add lots of value and having outdoor spaces with touches such as pergolas and Victorian garden swings are popular. Conversely, you don't have to spend a fortune on plants, either, just keep it typical with the neighborhood.