Home renovations can be a daunting undertaking. When you’re thinking about tackling a home remodeling project, it’s always important to think about resale and what could get you the most bang for your buck. There are certain projects that are always worth the money, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Just because a renovation costs a lot of money doesn’t always mean you will make your money back. Realtor.com talks more about what buyers will pay for. Make a good first impression with curb appeal and use something as simple as paint to freshen up a room in no time. Here are a few home renovation projects that will always add value to your home.

Kitchen and baths

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where you spend a majority of your waking home hours and it’s where potential home buyers expect to see something updated and clean. You don’t need to go crazy here and spend your life savings. Sometimes, a minor facelift is all you need to help your home show better. If your cabinets are in good shape, you can often stain or paint them a fresh color to give them an updated look. Hardware is another item that won’t cost you thousands but it can make a big difference. If you like your cabinets, you can also just update the counter to freshen things up without tearing up your whole kitchen.

Bathrooms are another place where you can make a big impact. Updating tile, replacing the vanity and paint are easy places to start. Even small changes like updating your shower curtain, rugs and towels can make your bathroom look fresher. Add some candles and remove all of the clutter of off your counters. No one wants to see your toothpaste and old towels when they are trying to envision themselves in space.

Curb appeal

First impressions matter. When someone pulls up to your home, make them feel welcome. Cleaning up dead plants, leaves, and old newspapers won’t cost you any money but it will do wonders for your home’s appearance. Next, add some new greenery and trim existing shrubs and trees. Taking your hose and using a power washing attachment on your siding, doors, and windows can also do wonders for the look of your home.

If you have a small budget to work with here, adding new shrubs, fresh flowers in your window boxes and even replacing a fence and your front door will really make a nice impact. Fresh mulch and plants along your walkway will make your home look a lot more inviting. You only have one chance to make a first impression when a buyer comes to your door.

Outdoor spaces

If you have a patio, deck, yard, or all of the above, don’t forget about these spaces when it’s time to list your home. Think of outdoor living spaces as an extension of your home. If you have an inviting space right outside your backdoor, you’ll be more likely to use it. The more function it has, the more square footage it can add to your home. Spending a little money here can really pay off. Cleaning up outdoor plants, and greenery is a good first step. Dying plants won’t help sell your space.

Weather permitting, getting these spaces cleaned up and functional will take a load off of potential buyers. Buyers will imagine themselves in your backyard instead of picturing all of the work and money they will have to put in. Replace your dated and dirty outdoor furniture with something new and fresh. You can take it with you when you go and it will really freshen up the look of the space. Make the space as functional as possible by setting the scene. Set up your barbecue, tables, and chairs like you would if you were having an outdoor party. Really paint a nice picture and show buyers that all they have to do is move in.

If you need to put more money into projects such as a fence or deck replacement, know that you will get your money back at resale time. Money spent here can be directly added to your listing price. It’s one less thing your buyers have to do after they move and when they go to look at another house with a deck that’s falling down, yours will have the upper hand.

Fresh paint

One of the biggest ways to change the look and feel of your home is by repainting. All the years you have spent in your home can sometimes show on your walls. The wear and tear of everyday life will take a toll on the look of a room. When it comes to resale, nothing has a return on investment like paint.

When choosing your paint colors, think clean and neutral. The lighter the colors, the bigger and brighter your spaces will appear. You can add some color in through accent walls and nook spaces. These will give your home some warmth, personality, and depth. Choosing neutrals will also depersonalize the space. You want a buyer to be able to picture themselves living there and not picture all of your clutter and decor. The cleaner your space looks, the more easily they can focus on how big the rooms feel and the natural light that comes through.

When it comes down to cost, paint is also relatively inexpensive compared to major remodeling projects. A few cans a room will dramatically change the look for a few hundred dollars. Hiring a professional may cost you a little more money but remember that the attention to detail and cleaned up appearance is truly the best investment you can make. You’ll get back every dollar you spend here and then some.