What Home Improvement Projects Give the Most Value?

Vinyl Siding Famous for its durability and reasonable price, lightweight vinyl siding also is easy to install, which cuts labor costs. Manufacturers keep coming up with new colors that won’t fade, so there are more choices than ever. Good-quality vinyl siding will last 30 years or more. National average cost: $11,192 Value at resale: $8,154 Percent of investment recouped: 72.9%
Vinyl Siding
Famous for its durability and reasonable price, lightweight vinyl siding also is easy to install, which cuts labor costs. Manufacturers keep coming up with new colors that won’t fade, so there are more choices than ever. Good-quality vinyl siding will last 30 years or more.
National average cost: $11,192
Value at resale: $8,154
Percent of investment recouped: 72.9%

 

Fiber-Cement Siding Fiber-cement siding is a popular choice for replacement siding. Although its initial price is higher than many other types of siding (it’s heavy and labor-intensive to install), the durability and stability of fiber-cement means less maintenance in the long run. It takes paint well, so you can have your choice of exterior paint colors. It’s also fireproof and rot-resistant. National average cost: $13,083 Value at resale: $10,379 Percent of investment recouped: 79.3%
Fiber-Cement Siding
Fiber-cement siding is a popular choice for replacement siding. Although its initial price is higher than many other types of siding (it’s heavy and labor-intensive to install), the durability and stability of fiber-cement means less maintenance in the long run. It takes paint well, so you can have your choice of exterior paint colors. It’s also fireproof and rot-resistant.
National average cost: $13,083
Value at resale: $10,379
Percent of investment recouped: 79.3%
Steel Entry Door Replacing an older entry door with a new steel model is the most cost-effective project in the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report. A steel door costs less than half of a similar fiberglass door. The steel outer layer is susceptible to denting; a brass kickplate (shown) helps protect the door from accidental dings. National average cost: $1,137 Value at resale: $974 Percent of investment recouped: 85.6%
Steel Entry Door
Replacing an older entry door with a new steel model is the most cost-effective project in the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report. A steel door costs less than half of a similar fiberglass door. The steel outer layer is susceptible to denting; a brass kickplate (shown) helps protect the door from accidental dings.
National average cost: $1,137
Value at resale: $974
Percent of investment recouped: 85.6%
Wood Deck A deck is a cost-effective way to increase your living space and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors when the weather is nice. A simple deck using pressure-treated lumber is a good DIY project and saves up to 50% of a professionally built deck. Clean and seal your deck annually to keep it in great shape. National average cost: $9,327 (professionally built) Value at resale: $7,213 Percent of investment recouped: 77.3%
Wood Deck
A deck is a cost-effective way to increase your living space and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors when the weather is nice. A simple deck using pressure-treated lumber is a good DIY project and saves up to 50% of a professionally built deck. Clean and seal your deck annually to keep it in great shape.
National average cost: $9,327 (professionally built)
Value at resale: $7,213
Percent of investment recouped: 77.3%
Wood Replacement Windows Swapping out older, leaky windows for new wood replacement windows is a style upgrade that saves energy. The Efficient Windows Collaborative says you’ll save up to $450 per year if you switch out single-pane windows for new double-pane windows in a 2,150-sq.-ft. house. Not in the market for new? Inexpensive weather stripping will keep out the drafts. National average cost: $10,708 (10 replacements) Value at resale: $7,852 Percent of investment recouped: 73.3%
Wood Replacement Windows
Swapping out older, leaky windows for new wood replacement windows is a style upgrade that saves energy. The Efficient Windows Collaborative says you’ll save up to $450 per year if you switch out single-pane windows for new double-pane windows in a 2,150-sq.-ft. house. Not in the market for new? Inexpensive weather stripping will keep out the drafts.
National average cost: $10,708 (10 replacements)
Value at resale: $7,852
Percent of investment recouped: 73.3%
Garage Door A new garage door is a great way to improve your curb appeal. Mid-range doors with steel veneer are readily available at home improvement centers, and come in many colors to complement your house. A skilled DIYer can install a garage door in a weekend. National average cost: $1,496 Value at resale: $1,132 Percent of investment recouped: 75.7%
Garage Door
A new garage door is a great way to improve your curb appeal. Mid-range doors with steel veneer are readily available at home improvement centers, and come in many colors to complement your house. A skilled DIYer can install a garage door in a weekend.
National average cost: $1,496
Value at resale: $1,132
Percent of investment recouped: 75.7%
Upscale Garage Door New garage doors add style and curb appeal to your home, and upscale models take everything a step further. Imaginative garage doors made of fiberglass or steel mimic carriage doors or years gone by, or can be made to look like expensive woods. Doors with windows add light to garage interiors. National average cost: $2,720 Value at resale: $2,046 Percent of investment recouped: 75.2%
Upscale Garage Door
New garage doors add style and curb appeal to your home, and upscale models take everything a step further. Imaginative garage doors made of fiberglass or steel mimic carriage doors or years gone by, or can be made to look like expensive woods. Doors with windows add light to garage interiors.
National average cost: $2,720
Value at resale: $2,046
Percent of investment recouped: 75.2%
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