Property Renovation Tips to Maximize Value

Ricci Melendez
3 min readJan 8, 2024


Homeowners renovate their property (updating or restoring it to its original or better condition) to increase property value and sell it for a profit. Meanwhile, retail buyers renovate their property for aesthetic or functional purposes. They carefully consider what they renovate and the expected return on investment (ROI).

That’s why investors only focus on work that promises the highest ROI. As such, before embarking on any renovation project, investors usually assess the property’s condition to determine the extent of repairs needed and decide if a property is worth the trouble.

A rental analysis is one way to determine if the potential ROI is worth the investment. The rental yield (rental income minus the overall investment cost) will help identify whether the renovations will be cost-effective for a rental property. In the case of a fixer-upper or a property that might need renovation before being sold, the potential resale value will determine whether the additional investment in renovation is justifiable.

Understanding local property market dynamics and the target market will help in determining which items or areas to prioritize for the renovation budget and efforts. Location matters significantly as it affects a property’s value. In some cases, a property’s location may not align with the target market’s preferences, even if the property meets all their needs. Furthermore, encountering major legal hurdles during the renovation may not make it an ideal choice for such a project.

In some cases, it’s the quick fixes that will boost a property’s value. Low-scale renovations address essential elements that every buyer or renter anticipates in their home, such as a secure roof, durable flooring, and fully operational plumbing and electrical systems. For a luxury property market, the basics might include several bathrooms, bedrooms, or other amenities common in the neighborhood.

Some properties require high-scale renovations, such as knocking down walls to create more space, a full kitchen or bathroom overhaul, or refreshing backyard space. Refreshing the front yard may not significantly enhance the resale value, but it will boost curb appeal, expediting the property’s sale. Curb appeal projects play a crucial role in creating the first impression since it is what prospective renters or buyers observe upon arrival.

Engaging with fellow homeowners can provide valuable insights into what to anticipate and where potential financial challenges may arise. This can help prevent cost overruns caused by unexpected issues, such as significant structural damage.

Enhancing property value is not solely about maximizing profit; it also involves limiting various homeownership costs, such as utilities, insurance, and property taxes. The longer a property is held, the higher these costs can become. Timing is crucial.

Understanding market cycles can assist in determining the opportune moment to buy or sell a property. For instance, when there is high demand for a specific residential property type in a particular market, but the supply is limited, it may not be the most favorable time to be a buyer.

Ultimately, deciding which renovation project would provide optimum ROI is subjective. The key to cost-effective renovation is clearly understanding how much effort and resources are required to increase a property’s value. Even so, a renovation does not guarantee an increase in property value.



Ricci Melendez

New Jersey entrepreneur Ricci Melendez delivers a host of enterprise-level technology solutions as head of SMDR Associates.