Room Additions

Before you get started on that family room addition, take a moment to consider its potential return you’ll probably get more of your investment back after building a wooden deck, for example, than adding a sunroom.

The 4 Best

1. Steel entry door replacement: Homeowners who install a steel front door recoup on average nearly 129 percent of the project’s cost when they sell the home, in part because a steel door is less expensive than the alternatives. A fiberglass front door replacement project, for example, costs about three times more than a steel door replacement, But a steel door can still be attractive enough to boost your home’s curb appeal. A steel door can also make a home more energy efficient. Steel most of the time has magnetic weather stripping, So you close it and that magnetic weather stripping seals it up very nicely. If you are going for a stained look, a rich wood look, you can simulate the stain, but as soon as you knock on [the steel door] you know that it has an unrealistic look to it.”

2. Wood deck addition: Homeowners who add a wooden deck to their properties recoup on average nearly 81 percent of the project’s cost when they sell the home. The wooden deck’s appeal is linked to today’s more thrift-conscious consumers, who are looking to save money by spending more time at home. That’s not heated and cooled space, but it is an opportunity to make you feel like you have a lot more space in your home than you actually have.

3. Vinyl siding replacement: Homeowners who replace their vinyl siding recoup on average nearly 80 percent of the project’s cost when they sell the home. The project’s low costs—the job averages less than $11,000—deserves part of the credit for its impact. But curb appeal plays a significant role too. New siding is going to make a house look brand new. In addition, vinyl siding is extremely low-maintenance and lasts up to 25 years. By comparison, houses typically need their exterior repainted every five to seven years.

4. Wood window replacement: Homeowners who replace their wood windows recoup on average about 77 percent of the project’s cost when they sell the home. window replacement projects can be appealing because they can make the home more attractive while increasing its energy efficiency. Not only does it add value but it reduces your energy bills.