Thinking about remodeling your home this spring? Before you start dreaming of a happy new-looking home, know that some renovation projects pay off more than others.
In fact, a rise in the costs of building materials and labor is making it more difficult to recoup your costs when remodeling your home, according to findings in Remodeling magazine’s latest annual Cost vs. Value Report.
The report notes that new tariffs that have roiled commodities markets over the past year are likely contributing to the rise in materials costs.
Still, some remodeling projects continue to allow you to recoup most of your costs. The key is to select projects that improve the exterior of your home.
As Remodeling magazine notes:
“Nine out of the top ten high-return projects are exterior replacement — or high curb appeal — projects.”
This year’s top 10 projects — ranked by the percentage of the project cost that is recouped when a home is sold — are:
Garage door replacement: Project retains 97.5 percent of its value at resale, on average
Replacement of vinyl siding with manufactured stone veneer: 94.9 percent
Mid-range minor kitchen remodel: 80.5 percent
Wood deck addition: 75.6 percent
Replacement of existing siding with new siding: 75.6 percent