Upgrading your home can be tricky. Some home improvements are expensive not just in terms of cost, but whether you will recoup your investment. Here are a few home improvements that improve your home and be a great investment.

Landscape Makeover

Landscaping is an inexpensive way to increase your home's value. Adding a new walkway or planting some colorful flowers is simple and easy. It shows your community that you take pride in your home, and makes it stand out. You can find plants for free just by checking the classifieds; many of your neighbors are trying to get rid of plants without throwing them away. Another easy way to dramatically improve the appearance of your yard is to keep it edged. Clean lines always look great,

Add Insulation

30 percent of the warm air your furnace produces escapes because of subpar insulation in your attic. This is an easy project that should not take longer than a weekend. Insulation is inexpensive, and it is easy to add to your attic. While you are at it add caulking around doors and windows. This will immediately save you money and upgrade your home's energy efficiency.

Upgrade Your Plumbing

Appraisers take a home's plumbing very seriously when assessing a home's value. If your old iron pipes are rusting consider replacing them. In the past, this was a messy undertaking; walls torn down and dust flying throughout a house. Current replacement piping is now made from PEX which is basically plastic tubing. This tubing is reliable and easily installed without a great deal of mess.

No one will invest in a property that has less than desirable plumbing. Many new homeowner's nightmares involve expensive work being done on their new homes plumbing. The cost of upgrading your home's plumbing is less than you think. This is a great investment.

Redecorate Your Bathroom

New fixtures and a paint job will instantly turn a drab bathroom into a stylish room. Details like a new mirror or adding crown molding will stylishly update the look of your bathroom without costing an arm and a leg. Light fixtures are an easy update that can transform the look of your bathroom.

Kitchen Improvements

The smartest investment in your home is to redecorate your kitchen. Home buyers always gravitate to the kitchen first when viewing a house for sale. Besides new appliances concentrate on the flow of your kitchen. Make sure the stove is close to the sink and that there is room to move easily around the room. Spend money on the layout of your kitchen; it is the best investment you can make in your home.