Many homeowners are reluctant to remodel when about to sell, and understandably so. After all, why spend time and money on a property you are planning to leave? You will not personally enjoy the fruits of your labor. In addition, there can be no numerical certainty as to the return on your investment. It just doesn’t seem worth the costs. As it turns out, though, it’s worth remodeling if you choose your projects judiciously. Certain home-improvement projects could mean the difference between multiple offers and a favorable sale, or no offers at all. The following are 6 home features that are worth your remodeling investment.

Laundry Room

A separate utility room ranks incredibly highly for buyers of all ages. Homeowners want a designated space to perform this household task. If you don’t have an existing laundry room, but would like to add one, the basement can be a perfect place to do it. In most cases, utility lines are already in the space and no demolition is necessary. In fact, you could put a laundry room in the basement for as little as $1000 and potentially see a sizable return for your investment.


It’s no secret that the kitchen is crucial when it comes to selling. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home for buyers of all ages and families of all sizes. Investing time, effort and money into your kitchen space can only improve your prospects. In particular, updated appliances, open concepts and eat-in spaces go a long way with potential buyers.


It’s important for sellers not to neglect the outdoor spaces of the home. When buyers see a well-kept backyard and an attractive patio, they can see themselves entertaining in that space. Conversely, a decrepit or crumbling patio can be a huge turn-off, as buyers will see this as future maintenance for themselves. Make sure your patio and outdoor masonry is in prime condition before selling your home. The offers you attract will be worth the effort. For all things patio repair, don’t hesitate to contact your local Brick + Ember Outfitters.


Storage space is paramount, particularly for buyers with families. While it may not seem like a priority, a clean, organized garage will translate to convenient storage for potential buyers. Invest some time into making your garage a storage haven. If you have no garage, be sure to really maximize any storage space you do have by placing units in the house, cleaning out the attic, etc. Doing so could help you make the sale.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is appealing to buyers on multiple levels. Hardwood floors have a modern look, they are easy to clean and maintain and they last longer than carpeted floors. For younger buyers in particular, hardwood floors are viewed more and more as a necessity. Investing in hardwood floors as a seller will show you a great return.

Energy Efficiencies

Homeowners have become increasingly concerned with the energy efficiency of properties. Energy efficient appliances, windows and doors not only allay environmental concerns but can also sizably trim monthly energy bills. Energy Star-certified appliances hold a huge financial appeal for buyers. Energy efficient windows and doors also prevent unwanted heat loss and gain in the home. Investing in these energy efficient features can draw in more buyers, particularly millennials. Don’t forget, fireplaces also contribute to the energy efficiency of a home. If your home has a fireplace, consult a professional to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible to help your sale. (For more information about fireplace energy efficiency, consult our recent blog post on the topic)

These home features are highly desired by buyers across the board. While not all remodeling endeavors are worthwhile, putting some money and time into these particular projects is a sound investment. If you’re hesitant to remodel before selling, prioritize these spaces. In doing so, you’ll get the most “bang for your buck.”