Which Home Upgrades Will Score Big with Buyers

If you are wondering what home improvement projects will yield the best return on the sale of your home, better think “curb appeal”. When buyers are shopping for a home, the exterior can make (or break) the first impression.

According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value survey, exterior replacement projects are among the most valuable home improvements you can currently invest in, starting with the front door. A steel entry door topped this year’s survey with an estimated 96.3 percent ( in Houston) of the costs recouped at resale. The steel door replacement is also the least expensive of the 35 midrange and upscale remodeling projects included in the survey. Exterior projects dominated the list with 6 of the Top 8 most
cost-effective projects.

This year’s survey included more than 3,900 appraisers, sales agents, and brokers across the country who provided their opinions and estimates, however the numbers I am providing you below are specific to Houston, Tx.
Exterior projects dominated our list with six of the Top 8 most cost-effective projects.

Here’s the list:
1. Entry Door Replacement
2. Siding Replacement
3. Deck Addition
4. Minor Kitchen Remodel
5. Garage Door Replacement
6. Window Replacement
7. Garage Addition
8. Bathroom Remodel