if your yard is one of your home’s imperfect parts, a little color and a
touch of hardscaping can make a huge difference to your curb appeal,
which is a great immediate equity-booster.
What does a basic landscaping upgrade include?
A 15-foot-tall deciduous tree
A flagstone walkway
Two 6-by-2 stone planters
The cost: $4,750
The return: 105% at $5,000
#2 New Roof
If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets
when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1
to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool.
The cost: $7,600
The return: 105% at $8,000
Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer.
Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:
Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout.
The sun’s shining through your attic.
You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
Your energy bill is sky high.
#3 Hardwood Floors
You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s.
make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal
hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good
Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a
no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you
The cost to refinish: $2,500
The return: 100% at $2,500
The cost to buy new: $5,500
The return: 91% at $5,000
#4 Patio or Deck
your home is your castle, your yard is your kingdom. After giving your
yard a much-needed overhaul, you need a place to watch over you
handiwork. How about that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of?
The cost of a patio: $6,400
The return: 102% at $6525
The cost of a deck: $9,450
The return: 106% at $10,000
is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until
you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold.
The cost: $2,100
The return: 95% at $2,000 plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs
#6 New Garage Door
surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this
#winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s
curb appeal at a relatively modest cost.
The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)
The return: 87% at $2,000
are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look
embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the
possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality.
#7 Vinyl Siding
In any color! And never paint again.
Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value.
if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl
siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they
remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime
The cost: $12,000
The return: 83% at $10,000
fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 79%.
Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend $19,100 — it has one
thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.
matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB), “quality” was the one of the most important traits that home
buyers focused on when house hunting.
Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first
home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is
value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most
Return On Investment (ROI).
big projects like adding a bathroom or a complete kitchen remodel are
popular ways to increase a home’s value, something as simple as updating
landscaping and curb appeal can have a quick impact on a home’s value.