The two most valuable rooms to renovate in your LA home

When buying a home, it's important to consider how your investment will pay off when it comes time to move. If you want to get the most out of your house, it's important to choose a desirable location, take care of maintenance and upkeep and have your home's structural integrity checked frequently.

If you really want to take the value of your investment to the next level; however, you may want to consider renovating. Renovating a home is one of the easiest ways to increase its value by tens of thousands of dollars, for a relatively small up-front cost - especially if you're equipped with the knowledge and ability to do it yourself.

Whether you want to renovate your own home or turn to the professionals, updating a few rooms is essential to make sure you can sell real estate in Los Angeles for a top-dollar value. Here are the two areas of your home to focus on for maximum ROI.

The kitchen
The kitchen is one of the fastest rooms to become outdated, as new appliances seem to be rolling out every few months. Plus, the kitchen gets dirtier than many other rooms, due to steam and smoke from cooking as well as odors and mud tracked in from the back door.

A beautiful, modern kitchen is sure to make your home stand out from the pack. Consider an open floor plan that connects the kitchen to the living room, so the cook in the family is never far from the action when preparing a meal.

When it comes to countertops and backsplashes, spring for high-end materials like granite, which will be an extremely valuable selling points when it comes time to resell.

The bathroom
Because the bathroom gets exposed to so much water, it can age faster than the other rooms in your home. Bathroom paint and wallpaper start to peel quickly, and frequent showers and baths can cause mold build-up, discoloration and rust. To make sure your home looks and feels perfect, a bathroom upgrade before selling may be in order.

When updating a bathroom, be sure to choose materials that can withstand steam, heat and moisture. To get the most out of your renovation, remember what's popular - double vanities, for example, are a big plus that many potential homebuyers seek out.