Top 10 Upgrades That Pay Off At Resale

Are you thinking about purchasing a new home? If you’re in the process of comparing houses, you might be wondering what features will pay off at resale. After all, most people move throughout different seasons of life. From your first starter home to a larger one as your family grows, and downsizing when you’re an empty nester, you will likely move several times throughout your life!

At Hearthside Homes, we’re here to help you pick a beautiful and long-lasting home that meets your family’s needs! We understand that as life changes, your needs and wants may evolve. That’s why we’re proud to offer a wide variety of floor plans! In fact, we’ve had multiple families move from one Hearthside home to another! In this blog post, we’re sharing the top 10 upgrades that pay off at resale. We hope that you enjoy your Hearthside home for years to come, but we also understand that you may need to sell your house in the future. With this in mind, be sure to invest in a property that will be easy to sell in the future! 

For those who are stumbling across our blog for the first time, welcome to Hearthside Homes! We’re excited that you’re here. Since 1987, we’ve helped thousands of families buy or build a home they are proud of! We currently build in the Kansas City, Liberty, Kearney, and Parkville areas. If you’re in the process of purchasing a home, we would love for you to check out our current listings. 

Modern Kitchen 

One of the features that buyers are most picky about is the kitchen! After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home! You can’t go wrong with purchasing a home with an awesome kitchen. Some features to consider include a large island, walk-in pantry, and range hood! If you’re building a home, be sure to pick material selections that aren’t too trendy. White cabinets and light countertop are safe choices! The truth is, many buyers will decide whether or not they like a house solely based on the aesthetics of the kitchen! 

Granite Countertops 

Granite countertops are definitely worth the splurge! Most homeowners have come to expect having granite, marble, or quartz countertops. On the contrary, many potential buyers might not pick a home if it has plastic or linoleum countertops. Don’t cheap out when it comes to the countertops inside your home! 


A fireplace is an amazing and sought after feature in most homes! This is especially true for homeowners in the midwest and northern parts of the country. After all, who doesn’t love cozying up by the fire on cold winter days? When you’re thinking about purchasing a home, look for one with a fireplace! If you’re building a home, consider adding built-in cabinets on both sides. Built-ins are great for resale, as buyers love having the extra storage space. 

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are probably one of the best home investments you can make. Carpet can easily stain, and tile can be cold to walk on. Hardwood floors are a breeze to clean and still make the home feel warm and inviting! If you’re building a home and on the fence about installing hardwood floors, go for it! You will definitely get your money back when it comes time to sell. 

Quality Carpet

If you’re going to have carpet in your home, make sure it’s high quality! Additionally, potential buyers definitely notice when the carpet has a plush cushion underneath. Carpet cushion is relatively inexpensive, and many brands actually reduce dust and allergens. If you have a staircase, look for a carpet that not only looks good but also durable! Pick carpet colors that can easily disguise dirt and grime. 

3-Car Garage

Gone are the days where a 2-car garage will suffice. If you’re building a home or comparing homes, definitely consider purchasing one with a 3-car garage! Not only do homeowners have more vehicles than ever before, but they also have other equipment to consider. From the lawnmower to bikes, exercise equipment, and general storage, a 3-car garage is a must-have for many homeowners! 

Master Bathroom

Homeowners seem to want it all these days! This is especially true when it comes to master suites. In the bedroom, look for big windows and high ceilings. In the bathroom, a separate shower and tub area are often sought after. In terms of showers, many buyers want a bench, floor and wall tile, and even a second showerhead! If you’re building a house, don’t forget to install a light above the shower so that there’s plenty of light. Additionally, a toilet room with a privacy door is often on most homeowner’s must-have list! Don’t forget about a spacious walk-in closet!

Extra Bedroom 

If your home plan allows you to have an extra bedroom, go for it! The more bedrooms you have, the more you can sell your home in the future. If you’re building a home, ask your builder about your options. Remember, to be considered a bedroom, the space must have a window and a closet! 

Finished Basement 

If your basement is unfinished, consider remodeling it! Finished basements have a great return on investment particularly if they have an extra bedroom and bathroom. On the contrary, it’s a good idea to keep a portion of the basement unfinished to provide a storage solution for miscellaneous keepsakes and household necessities. 

Covered Outdoor Living Space 

A covered outdoor living space is something that many homeowners want! Whether it’s a covered patio or covered deck, many potential buyers are longing for a functional outdoor living space. 

Build Or Buy With Hearthside Homes! 

We hope you enjoyed learning about the top 10 upgrades that pay off at resale! Did you know that many of our homes come standard with the features mentioned in this blog post? We strive to make all of our homes not only beautiful and long-lasting, but also a great investment! 

Are you thinking about buying or building a home in the Kansas City or surrounding areas? Hearthside Homes would be honored to help you build or buy a home! We currently build in the Kansas City, Liberty, Kearney, and Parkville areas. Click here to learn more about the communities we build in. Our home prices range from $300k – $600k. We are proud to offer a wide variety of floor plans. Feel free to check out our 2-story, 1.5-story, reverse, ranch, and split style floor plans. 

Hearthside Homes is a semi-custom home builder. This means that our customers choose from one of our expertly designed floor plans. From there, our clients make their material selections at our Design Center in Liberty, Missouri. Our Design Center offers a one-stop shopping experience! From paint to cabinetry, tile, flooring, and more, our Design Center allows our customers to pick out all of their material selections in one place! Our Design Center is located at 1915 Industrial Dr #300, Liberty, MO 64068. To request more information, fill out this form on our website or give us a call at (816) 781-0234. To learn more about our process, click here. Don’t forget to follow all the fun on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest!

Happy home buying!