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Angie's List: How to Upgrade and Increase Your Home's Value

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In spring, a lot of homeowners are anxious to start home improvement projects.

The experts at Angie's List say you should make sure those updates increase your home's value.

Angie's List says home necessities should come before your dream remodeling projects.

"Be sure that you balance your needs and your wants," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "Maybe you want a new deck, but you need a new furnace and only have money for one. Be sure you invest in those needs first because it will be a better return on your money."

If you do remodel, where should you start, to increase your home's value?      
     
"Remember kitchen and bathrooms are the best things to invest in because they get the best return on investment, usually around 85 percent," says Hicks. "But don't over-invest here. The goal is to keep up with the Joneses, but don't be the leader in your neighborhood. If your neighbors all have two bathrooms, don't put three in your house."

Whatever the project, even if it seems minor, Angie's List says hiring a professional may help get the job done right.

"Painting is a really common thing that it takes a good steady hand to make a good steady line, especially where you are cutting into your ceiling, so be very cautious when you say, 'Oh, I can do this myself,'" says Nancy Burk, Real Estate Agent.

Angie's List says some additions that usually don't get a good return on investment are home offices, sunrooms, and pools.

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