Cost vs. Value: 2020 Home Improvement Projects

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Cost vs. Value: 2020 Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI

Curb appeal really does have a major impact on the return you'll see at resale. Among the top 10 home improvement projects with the highest return on investment (ROI) in Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report, nine are outdoor projects.

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Topping this year's list is Manufactured Stone Veneer, a project that has consistently ranked toward the top of the list since the project was added to the report in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, the report shows an increase in cost for all 22 projects listed; however, there is also a consistent dip across the board in terms of what the perceived value of each of these projects is. This is likely due to a market that was anything but smooth in 2019.


"Why the difference? The most likely answer is consumer jitters," says Clay DeKorne, chief editor of the JLC Group, which includes Remodeling magazine. "While remodeling professionals need to stay on point, they can breathe easy. Remodeling activity is growing at a slower rate than in years past, but it continues to grow."

Nationally, here are the 10 projects with the greatest ROI, according to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report:

Manufactured Stone Veneer (95.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $9,357
Average Resale Value: $8,943
Garage Door Replacement (94.5% ROI)

Average Cost: $3,695
Average Resale Value: $3,491
Minor Kitchen Remodel (Midrange) (77.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $23,452
Average Resale Value: $18,206
Siding Replacement (Fiber-Cement) (77.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $17,008
Average Resale Value: $13,195
Siding Replacement (Vinyl) (74.7% ROI)

Average Cost: $14,359
Average Resale Value: $10,731
Window Replacement (Vinyl) (72.3% ROI)

Average Cost: $17,641
Average Resale Value: $12,761
Deck Addition (Wood) (72.1% ROI)

Average Cost: $14,360
Average Resale Value: $10,355
Window Replacement (Wood) (68.9% ROI)

Average Cost: $21,495
Average Resale Value: $14,804
Entry Door Replacement (Steel) (68.8% ROI)

Average Cost: $1,881
Average Resale Value: $1,294
Deck Addition (Composite) (66.8% ROI)

Average Cost: $19,856
Average Resale Value: $13,257
Nationally—and on the other end of the spectrum—here are the 10 projects with the lowest ROI:

Master Suite Addition (Upscale) (51.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $282,062
Average Resale Value: $145,486
 Grand Entrance (Fiberglass) (53.3% ROI)

Average Cost: $9,254
Average Resale Value: $4,930
Major Kitchen Remodel (Upscale) (53.9% ROI)

Average Cost: $135,547
Average Resale Value: $72,993
Bathroom Addition (Midrange) (54% ROI)

Average Cost: $49,598
Average Resale Value: $26,807
Bathroom Addition (Upscale) (54.7% ROI)

Average Cost: $91,287
Average Resale Value: $49,961
Bath Remodel (Upscale) (56.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $67,106
Average Resale Value: $37,995
 Master Suite Addition (Midrange) (58.5% ROI)

Average Cost: $136,739
Average Resale Value: $80,029
Major Kitchen Remodel (Midrange) (58.6% ROI)

Average Cost: $68,490
Average Resale Value: $40,127
Roofing Replacement (Metal) (61.2% ROI)

Average Cost: $40,318
Average Resale Value: $24,682
Bathroom Remodel (Universal Design) (62% ROI)

Average Cost: $34,643
Average Resale Value: $21,463
The 2020 Cost vs. Value Report compared the average costs for 22 popular remodeling projects and how much of that value they retained in 101 different U.S. housing markets. View the full report, including project descriptions and city-level data, here.

 

Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog/social media editor, managing the company's Housecall blog.