Renovating a Home in Charleston: How to get the most bang for your buck

December 24th, 2022 villagerestoration

A lot of clients ask how they can improve the value of their home as they consider home renovation projects. This is a smart question to ask so that the money you spend now returns to you (and then some!) if you sell your home in the future. Keeping in mind the following areas that add value in the Charleston market will help you make informed decisions on how to wisely spend money.


An outdated kitchen could cost you the sale of your home. Potential buyers will leave with the idea that the home will require work and money once they purchase. The kitchen is, arguably, the most trafficked area in your home. It needs to function and be aesthetically pleasing for you and your guests. Updating your kitchen to making it open, bright, and a pleasant place to spend time will add value to your home and make it attractive to future buyers.


Bathroom updates are a great place to add value, and they are often less expensive than kitchen renovations. Bathroom updates can involve an entire facelift (think: new tile, shower, vanity, etc.) but there are also some ways you can make your bathroom look newer for less. Tasks like regrouting bathroom tile, resurfacing bathtubs, and replacing outdated lighting can give your bathroom a quick refresh.


Updating flooring can make a big difference when you go to sell your home. Today, hardwood floors are very popular, especially in the warm, coastal Charleston area. If you already have hardwood floors, you can bring them back to life by sanding and refinishing the wood with a new stain. If you live near the sandy beach, or if you have a pool with harsh chemicals, consider a quality Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP). Many LVP products in the market today look just like real wood!

Get Outside!

In Charleston, we are lucky to have many, many months of good weather to enjoy. Consider adding an outdoor kitchen, dedicated seating area, secondary dining area, outdoor fireplace, or new porch to enjoy the outdoors. Creating a place to spend time outside will increase the value of your home and give future buyers another place to envision spending time with family or entertaining.

Location, Location, Location

As you think about making decisions in your home renovation, consider where you live. Charleston is a beautiful place full of bright, open, coastal homes. As you work to increase the value of your home, keep your interior clean, bright, and uncluttered. Is your home near a beach, or do you have a pool? An outdoor shower might be a good idea for the exterior of your home. Keeping your color choices coastal and bright will attract other, like-minded, buyers in the Charleston market.