Whether you just bought a house or you have lived there for a while, the fastest way to increase your home's value is by making a plan.
Make a list of all the things you dream of doing. Break the list down into categories based on cost and how much time each may take.
According to Realtor Magazine, here is the projected average cost (recouped, national)
Minor kitchen remodel (88%)
Bathroom remodel (85%)
Major kitchen remodel (81%)
Family room addition (80%)
Deck addition (77%)
Master suite (75%)
Attic bedroom (74%)
Siding replacement (73%)
Window replacement (69%)
Home office (55%)
Projects that may increase your home’s value include: Jacuzzi (4 jets or more); permanent hot tub; in-ground pool; security system; sprinkler system; substantial out buildings; and vaulted ceilings. These may not add value to your house: above-ground pool; ceiling fans; garden pond; and light fixtures.
Remodel with mass appeal in mind.
Use durable, quality materials.
Keep the value of your property within 15 to 20 percent within your area