Keep it Simple: Greater Value for Small Projects

Simpler, lower-cost projects actually return greater value on average. The 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report also found some types of larger projects can offer a decent payback down the road. Below are the top 5 projects nationally in terms of cost recouped: 1. Entry door replacement (101.8 percent) 2. Manufactured stone veneer (92.2 percent) 3. Garage door replacement (88.5 percent) 4. Siding replacement, fiber cement (84.3 percent) 5. Garage door replacement (82.5 percent) How much a return sellers can see in home improvements really depends on the job and where they live. What Is the Cost vs. Value Report? The Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report is produced by Remodeling magazine in cooperation with the National Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Magazine. The report provides estimated costs for 36 midrange or upscale home-improvement projects, along with the percentage of cost that owners can expect to recoup when they sell. Projects range from a new garage door to a master suite addition.