September 23, 2020 at 12:49pm | Shauna Gut

4 Modern and Trendy Remodeling Projects that Increase a Home's Value

by Skylar Ross, contributor to the Innovative Materials blog


If this is your first time experiencing the Las Vegas heat, you may be surprised to hear that a 105° high is “cool.”


Just as the temperatures in the valley seem never to relent, neither does the sizzling real estate market, with the strong demand that led to record home prices earlier this summer holding steady as Las Vegas enters autumn.


If you are looking to list your property to capitalize on this strong demand, consider any of the following remodeling trends to help maximize your resale value.


1. Install Hardwood Flooring


The addition of hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered wood, is one of the most lucrative home remodeling projects in which you can endeavor, with some estimates showing that hardwood can yield a 75% return on investment--impressive, considering that carpet and most laminates will not return anything.


An additional benefit of this renovation in Las Vegas is that while one of the chief complaints against hardwood is that it can get cold in the winter, the cozy year-round climate in the valley will render this concern mostly irrelevant while adding an elegant finish to your home.


2. Choose Grassless Landscaping



Nothing looks worse than a Las Vegas home that has given up its attempts to have a traditional grass lawn, leaving a wasteland leading up to its front door.


And even if your lawn looks good, efforts to consistently water and maintain your lawn will be environmentally expensive and irresponsible at best, criminal at worst (if your area is underwater restrictions).


As such, having lawn areas neatly designed with stone, pea gravel, or sand will not only look great in the desert sun but will speak to buyers who want their property to look good without having to water and care for the space. 

To further complement this no-water aspect, choose a customizable handrail kit to adorn the walkway leading up to your front door.


If completely forgoing the vegetation is a sacrifice you are not willing to make, consider adding some plants that do well in low-water environments to maintain that lush aspect that tends to enhance curb appeal. 

Plants that thrive with only occasional watering include flowering plum trees, blue oat grass, and sempervivum.


3. Touch Up the Stucco


Okay, okay: working on your home’s exterior in the Las Vegas heat does not sound like much fun (nor does getting up at 2:00 AM to take advantage of the city’s cooler hours).


What you have to remember, though, is that cracked and crumbling stucco is a sure way to repel prospective buyers, so taking the time to maintain the stucco now could provide you with quite the handsome return on investment by the time your property sells.


While stucco generally does a great job of withstanding the Las Vegas heat and will require less maintenance than siding options used in other parts of the country, age and prolonged exposure to the elements can cause some cracks to form as the underlying wooden slats to which the stucco is attached gradually expand and contract. 

This will likely require treatment with some type of plaster washer to help snug the stucco up against the framing and return it to its solid, airtight aspect. 


When touching up the stucco, whether through the removal of such cracks or simply giving it a nice cleaning, consider simultaneously researching exterior door trim ideas to maximize the property’s curb appeal.


4. Upgrade the Kitchen Surfaces



Due to the heat, Las Vegas homeowners are much less likely to host outdoor barbeques and/or cookouts during the summer months than are residents of other areas of the country.


Therefore, with the majority of get-togethers likely to occur indoors, it is essential that your kitchen be able to withstand some extra wear and tear. 

Durable countertops are a great place to start, with quartz and solid surface materials providing a nonporous fabrication that prevents staining and mold buildup and streamlines the cleaning process to a simple wipe of the rag.


While the functionality of an upgraded kitchen speaks for itself, the effort will also be financially lucrative, as kitchen remodels are among the most valuable remodeling projects a homeowner can undertake, often recouping 70% or more of the cost. 

To help maximize this return on investment, consider additional touches such as including energy-efficient appliances and tearing down full-spanning walls to create a more open and inviting atmosphere.


Conclusion


Knowing the current trends and needs of people around Las Vegas can help you make the most of your property's value. 

Do not waste the chance and make sure to check out these remodeling projects that can benefit your property! 

With the modernized and practical ideas given above, your property's value will surely benefit from it. 

If you are planning to profit from your property, remodeling projects are the best ways to start.



Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.
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