Years ago, you had to subscribe to design magazines in order to see professionally styled homes. Now, with Pinterest, Instagram, and HGTV, we are bombarded with beautiful images of completely renovated homes. Most homeowners I know have a household to-do list that is so long, it can be difficult to know what projects to tackle first. However, not all renovation projects are created equal! If you think you may sell your home in the next few years, it is important to choose projects that will improve your home’s value. Updated kitchens are the darlings of design websites and shows, but there is another renovation project that can improve your home’s value by around $40,000, depending on where you live. Any guesses?
According to Remodeling Magazine, if you’re looking to add the most value to your home, your best bet is to turn your attic into a bedroom. You will recoup around 77% of your costs. Why is this so profitable? When realtors and appraisers price a home, they look at surrounding homes with comparable features. Adding square footage and a bedroom places your home with a different (and higher priced) set of comps.
Of course, many homes don’t have an attic that can be finished. This project works best for one-story homes that already have some space under the eaves. However, if your home has a large attic, consider tackling this project before you sell!
Need some inspiration? Check out these beautifully finished attic bedrooms:
This sweet kids’ room saves space with built-in beds and shelving. Unlike a finished basement, which can be dark and damp, finished attics are usually filled with light. Consider installing skylights to take advantage of all that sunshine!
Image from: My Domain
This bedroom is small, but it utilizes the space under the roof for a built-in dresser. Again, it’s such a bright and airy space, and those exposed rafters are quite dreamy.
Image from: Etsy
Even this super narrow attic space can comfortably accommodate two twin beds! What a sweet guest room.
Image from Apartment Therapy
Well, this is beautiful. The odd angles in attics are just so stinking charming, don’t you think?
Image from Blog Lovin’
Again with the angles and the rafters. So pretty!
Image from Cottage Life