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Home Renovations That Bring the Most Joy




If you’re considering a home renovation project, you don’t have to mimic what everyone else is doing. Instead, choose improvements that will make your time at home more enjoyable.


In April 2022, the National Association of REALTORSⓇ (NAR) published its latest Remodeling Impact Report based around this idea. After surveying homeowners, contractors, and Realtors about various home improvement projects, the NAR “calculated a Joy Score for each project based on the happiness homeowners reported with their renovations.



1. Create Living Space in the Attic

  • Joy Score: 10


If you ever wished you had an extra bedroom, guest room, craft room, or hangout room but had no desire to move, consider renovating your attic. It could help you make the most of the house you’re already living in and may offer an ROI of 75%.


Remarkably, 100% of survey respondents who had remodeled their attic said that they want to stay home more since finishing the project. Most likely, relatively few people undertook this project, since it was one of the pricier options the survey asked about.




2. Convert your basement into livable space

  • Joy Score: 9.7


Does your family need more bedrooms? If you have an unfinished basement, converting it into a livable space might bring you joy by improving your home’s functionality.

Granted, this type of renovation is more costly than some of the other updates we’ve mentioned. Still, you may be able to recoup as much as 86% of your project’s cost when you sell.



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