How to Improve Your Home Resale Value

Tips to improve the resale value of your home

These mid-range and upscale home improvement projects deliver the best return on your investment.

Home renovations are a great way to add modern amenities while increasing your home’s resale value. Some homeowners may think that major remodels are the most effective way to boost a home’s value. But smaller upgrades — like replacing your front door — can also help you recoup the cost of the project.

The Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report ranks home improvement projects by value. You can even download project data for any of 101 cities.

You might as well add to your home’s resale value at the same time you improve it.

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Improve Your Home Resale Value

Top 10 Midrange and Upscale Home Renovations That Add Value to Your Home

Can’t decide what home improvement project to tackle first? We reveal which renovations offer the most return on investment.

Midrange Projects

Entry Door Replacement (Steel)

  • Cost: $1,162
  • Resale Value Cost: $1,122
  • Recouped: 96.6%

Deck Addition (Wood)

  • Cost: $9,539
  • Resale Value Cost: $8,334
  • Recouped: 87.4%

Attic Bedroom

  • Cost: $49,438
  • Resale Value Cost: $41,656
  • Recouped: 84.3%

Garage Door Replacement

*Cost: $1,534 * Resale Value Cost: $1,283 * Recouped: 83.7%

Minor Kitchen Remodel

  • Cost $18,856
  • Resale Value Cost: $15,585
  • Recouped: 82.7%

Window Replacement (Wood)

  • Cost: $10,926
  • Resale Value Cost: $8,662
  • Recouped: 79.3%

Window Replacement (Vinyl)

  • Cost: $9.978
  • Resale Value Cost: $7,857
  • Recouped: 78.7%

Siding Replacement (Vinyl)

  • Cost: $11,475
  • Resale Value Cost: $8,975
  • Recouped: 78.2%

Basement Remodel

  • Cost: $62,834
  • Resale Value Cost: $48,777
  • Recouped: 77.6%

Deck Addition (Composite)

  • Cost: $15,437
  • Resale Value Cost: $11,476
  • Recouped: 74.3%

Upscale Projects

Siding Replacement (Fiber-Cement)

  • Cost: $13,378
  • Resale Value Cost: $11,645
  • Recouped: 87.0%

Garage Door Replacement

  • Cost: $2,791
  • Resale Value Cost: $2,315
  • Recouped: 82.9%

Siding Replacement (Foam-Backed Vinyl)

  • Cost: $14,236
  • Resale Value Cost: $11,124
  • Recouped: 78.1%

Window Replacement (Vinyl)

  • Cost: $13,385
  • Resale Value Cost: $10,252
  • Recouped: 76.6%

Window Replacement (Wood)

  • Cost: $16,798
  • Resale Value Cost: $12,438
  • Recouped: 74.0%

Grand Entrance (Fiberglass)

  • Cost: $7,305
  • Resale Value Cost: $5,163
  • Recouped: 70.7%

Deck Addition (Composite)

  • Cost: $35,158
  • Resale Value Cost: $22,881
  • Recouped: 65.1%

Major Kitchen Remodel

  • Cost: $109,935
  • Resale Value Cost: $69,973
  • Recouped: 63.6%

Bathroom Remodel

  • Cost: $51,374
  • Resale Value Cost: $32,660
  • Recouped: 63.6%

Basement Remodel

  • Cost: $72,538
  • Resale Value Cost: $43,936
  • Recouped: 60.6%

Garage Addition

  • Cost: $82,311
  • Resale Value Cost: $48,065
  • Recouped: 58.4%

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