Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

These renovations will give your home a fresh look — and they provide a decent return on investment, too.

Paint brushes, cans and tape, along with a roller, rest atop blueprints, indicating a remodeling project.
(Image credit: Courtesy of Rick Kazmierczak, The Kaz Companies)

Are you planning to spruce up your home? Whether you’re getting ready to sell your house or you’re just tired of having a dated kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to make smart, cost-effective choices when you renovate. 

If you expect to stay put for a while, even a minor remodeling project can enhance your enjoyment of the space. And if you plan to put your house on the market soon, you can give it a competitive edge by painting, updating lighting fixtures and appliances, or even refreshing a bathroom or two before listing it. 

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Robyn A. Friedman is an award-winning freelance business journalist who has over two decades of experience covering real estate and personal finance topics. A former real estate attorney, Robyn is now a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, Multi-Housing News, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other publications. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Wall Street Journal’s Your Money Briefing podcast and on Cheddar. An avid reader and yoga practitioner, Robyn currently lives in South Florida.