Cost vs. Value: Which home improvements are best at retaining their value at resale?

March 6, 2018

Not all home improvement investments hold their value well. 

Here are some that do. (source RIS Media and Remodeling magazine Cost vs Value report)

New Steel entry door

The face of your home… improving your door is easy, not that expensive, provides a new fresh look and pays off big with 91% ROI


Adding manufactured stone veneer

This project can improve curb appeal greatly and has an ROI of 97%


Bathroom remodel

A daily necessity and a room everyone needs and uses.  Bathroom remodels can run upwards of $50,000 and have an ROI of around 55%


Replacing exterior siding

Not a very exciting project but it goes very far in putting a fresh and updated look to your home. Nothing speaks “expense” to a buyer like a house that needs painting or re-siding. Estimated ROI 76%


Replace garage door

Sometimes these face the street and are very noticeable and sometimes not.  Either way, garage doors are an integral part of our daily lives and ones that works well and looks great will add value. Estimated ROI 98%


Minor kitchen remodel

Paint the cabinets, install a new floor, change the hardware/appliances and install a new countertop and the like… minor improvements like those have an ROI of 81%




Often, the items that return the most are not the big-ticket items like luxury kitchen and baths.  It is hard to recoup costs of adding a $30,000 bathroom or a $60,000 major kitchen remodel.  But, a $1200 shiny new efficient entry door or $1600 new garage door pay off big in making your home seem brand new with a lower cost that is easier to recoup upon selling.


Have a question? Ask your First Weber agent

First Weber agents are in and out of homes every day and can help you with suggestions on how to improve your home in the smartest way.  Take advantage of their knowledge in the neighborhoods and invite them over to talk home value/home improvements buyers like.

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