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The Top Home Improvements That'll Give You The Most Bang for Your Buck

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Vendors are setting up for what is to be a busy weekend at the Home Show in Joplin.

I met with local realtor Jo Kleinsorge to determine what improvements are worth the money in the long run.

“If you're looking at actual profitability for resell. You're generally looking at more cosmetic updates, such as updated bathroom fixtures, lighting possibly countertops, painting cabinets, things of that nature,' says Kleinsorge.

The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms you'll see the most return, and don't be afraid to splurge.

Kleinsorge says “When you're looking at more major repairs, those need to be done for the homeowner's enjoyment. They'll get a good 70-75% out on kitchens and baths, but not every dollar spent. So those are for things they enjoy having that will pay the most when they go to sell."

Refinishing your cabinets is a quick and cost effective way to make a kitchen look brand new.

“You can save anywhere from 15 to 20, up to 30,000 dollars rather than replacing your cabinets,” says Amy Thomas, owner of Chateau Chic Cabinets.

And the options are limitless.

“There isn't really anything we can't do in your kitchen. So if you have a dream kitchen picked out on Pinterest we can usually come up with it."

And when it comes to safety, adding storm shelter or a basement is not a big a bonus for buyers as you may think.

“They're extra added benefits but you don't normally always get 100% or even a profit out of 'em. However they can help you sell faster, bump you to the top of the list, and if you calculate holding expenses, they may be well worth the investment," says Kleinsorge.

Other sizzle items like fancy fireplaces you don't normally see much of a return. But the biggest bonus you do see is when adding square footage. 
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