Remodeling the home – what projects have the best resale value?

January 27, 2015

The 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report is out and exterior projects remain among the most valuable updates. Homeowners that are soon to be sellers, please take note because these will improve a home’s curb appeal – a buyer’s first impression of a home.

Here’s a quick overview of the best:

Steel entry door. A little more than $1000 can make a great impression as a clean, bright, energy saving welcome into a home. What better way to make a great first impression than investing in the entryway buyers will first access your home during a showing.

Wood decks. 78% money spent recouped during a sale, on average

Exterior siding. 73% recouped.

New garage doors, vinyl siding and windows also topped the list.  You can read the whole report here.


Inside the home, top updates with value include an attic expansion and minor kitchen remodel. Think new flooring, countertops lighting, cabinet hardware and perhaps new appliances to refresh the most used room in the house without a big price tag.

Several updates the study ranks low on resale value is a home office remodel and the addition of a backup generator. Read entire article here.

Keeping your home updated through the years makes preparing to sell much easier.  If you are considering selling, take a tour of some open houses in your area to see how your neighbors have updated their home and choose what to take on to update to compete.

You can also talk to your local First Weber Realtor to see what home trends are popular. By viewing and showing many, many properties in your community, these agents really have a handle on what buyers like and can offer you some good advice.


If you need assistance finding contractors for home improvement/remodeling jobs, feel free to contact First Weber’s Concierge Desk for recommendations in your area.

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