Sure, kitchen and bath renovations get all the glamour and credit for offering high returns on your investment when it’s time to sell your home. But a host of other, often-overlooked improvements can also offer great ROI — while completely changing the look of your home at a fraction of the cost of bigger projects.


Change the front door

The door to your home is not only a key element of its exterior look, the door can set expectations for what guests will see inside your home as well. A new front door makes a statement for both the inside and outside of your home. When you sell your home, that new front door can return as much as 73 percent of the initial cost for steel doors and nearly 54 percent for fiberglass doors.

Repaint ceilings and baseboards

While you may be aware of the benefits of painting walls, many homeowners overlook the value of painting ceilings and baseboards. Repainting a ceiling — even if it’s plain white — dramatically brightens a room. The same is true for painting trim; the freshness of updated trim can draw the whole room together.