If you take a look at various homes in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Bel Air, there seems to be a constant flow of construction in these areas, which means homeowners are pouring a great deal of investment into their homes in an effort to keep values climbing. The question is, what types of renovation projects bring in the most return on investment?

Many homeowners make unique upgrades to their homes with the specific intention of creating a home that suits their specific lifestyles, but doesn’t necessarily result in a high return on investment. In fact, many home improvements are never fully recouped upon the sale of a home.

If you’re planning to stay put in your home for years to come, then perhaps the money spent on your unique upgrades may be justified. However, if you’re looking to recoup most – if not all – of the money invested in a home renovation with the potential to sell some time in the near future, it’s important to understand exactly what types of projects provide the most ROI, and which ones should be steered clear of.

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Top Renovation Projects with the Best ROI

Kitchen remodel – There are so many things that go into turning a kitchen from drab to fab, including minor jobs such as refacing cabinet doors, changing cabinet hardware, and adding new light fixtures. They can also be complete gut jobs that involve installing new cabinets, counters, appliances, a large island, and new flooring. It can also include removing walls, reconfiguring the layout, adding a walk-in pantry, and more. When done right – and when spending only as much as the neighborhood calls for – a kitchen remodel job can bring in an ROI of as much as 117%.

Bathroom remodel – Whether you’re revamping your existing bathroom or adding a new one, a modern, luxurious bathroom remodeling job or addition can bring in an ROI of as much as 99.6%.

Conversion of a basement – Adding living space without actually adding square footage is a very effective way to add value to a home, and the basement is often a targeted space to do exactly that. Whether you finish the basement to serve as a recreation room, in-law suite, media room, man cave, or even a separate apartment, a basement conversion can bring a 106.3% return on investment.

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Changing windows – Swapping out old windows with more modern energy-efficient versions can result in an ROI of 114.7% while providing you with the long-term benefits of reduced energy costs.

Entry door replacement – The front door of a home is a key component to a home’s overall curb appeal, which is extremely important when staging a property to sell. By replacing the front entrance door with a modern one, you can reap a 91.1% return on investment.

Garage door replacement – The front door isn’t the only door that can be replaced to boost perceived value. By replacing the garage door with a better quality, upscale version, you can benefit from as much as an 91.5% ROI.

If your intent is to sell sometime down the line, focusing on these specific projects will help you increase the odds of recouping what you spent to make such improvements, while appealing to buyers and commanding top dollar.

If you are considering buying or selling in L.A.’s luxury market, you need to team up with professionals who are well-versed in this highly specialized niche. With years of experience and plenty of successful transactions under our belts, we would love to help you realize the same level of success that our clients have already achieved. Contact our experienced team of luxury real estate agents in Los Angeles today!


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    Home size: 4,082 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,441 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,097 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,343 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,024 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,956 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,989 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,549 sqft
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    Home size: 2,588 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,197 sqft

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