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Published on Jan 23, 2015
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Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®
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WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015) – Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood'sRemodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale.
“It can be a daunting task to even decide on what home improvement projects to undertake, let alone to physically tackle and complete them,” said National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “Realtors® know what buyers are looking for during their search, and curb appeal is and always will be important. That explains why Realtors® once again rated exterior projects as some of the most attractive and valuable for homeowners.”
HouseLogic.com, NAR’s consumer website, highlights the results of the report in its “Best Bets for Adding Value to your Home in 2015” slideshow. The site also provides information and advice on numerous home improvement projects, including bathroom remodeling ideas that will add style and value to a home.
Just as they did last year, Realtors® identified a steel entry door replacement as the project expected to return the most money, with an estimated 101.8 percent of costs recouped upon resale (compared to an estimated 96.6 percent recoup last year). The steel entry door replacement is consistently the least expensive project in the annual Cost vs. Value Report, costing little more than $1,200 on average and was the only project on this year’s list to recoup more than 100 percent of its cost at resale on a national level.
Realtors® also identified several other projects that would make the biggest financial payoff upon resale, most on the exterior of the home. Rounding out the top 10 projects in terms of cost recouped include a manufactured stone veneer (newly included in this year’s report) at 92.2 percent, a garage door replacement—midrange project (88.5 percent), a siding replacement with fiber cement (84.3 percent), a garage door replacement—upscale project (82.5 percent), vinyl siding replacement (80.7 percent), a wood deck addition (80.5 percent), a minor kitchen remodel (79.3 percent), wood window replacement (78.8 percent), and foam-backed vinyl siding replacement (77.6 percent).
Realtors® provided their insights into local markets and buyer home preferences within those markets for the report. Since 2003, replacement projects resulted in a higher financial return than remodeling projects. However, the gap between replacement and remodeling projects became bigger this year as both categories declined in value. Realtors® reported a 2015 average return for replacement projects at 73.2 (slightly below the 2014 number of 73.7 percent), while remodeling projects fell to 60.8 percent in 2015 (down from 65.1 percent last year). This results in an overall cost-value ratio of 62.2 percent, a drop from 66.1 percent last year. The biggest contributing factor to the slip is the consistent rise in costs for these projects, with home values rising at a slower pace.
The 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, now in its 17th consecutive year, compares construction costs with resale values for 36 midrange and upscale remodeling projects comprising additions, remodels and replacements in 102 markets across the country. Data are grouped in nine U.S. regions, following the divisions established by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“This report is a fantastic resource for homeowners looking to add value to their house without breaking the bank, but every community is different,” Polychron said. “The best way to really know what investments would work for you and your home is to talk to a Realtor®. As shown in this report, Realtors® know their market and the local inventory, what buyers are looking for in a home, the overall economic climate and neighborhood conditions.”
As in previous years, the Pacific region experienced the best overall cost-value ratio of 74 percent. The region, which encompasses California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, typically sees higher cost-value ratios on account of higher resale values. That region also holds the only market—San Francisco—that experienced a combined cost-value ratio of over 100 percent for all 36 projects.
To read the full project descriptions and access national and regional project data, visit www.costvsvalue.com. “Cost vs. Value” is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood, LLC.
Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving the housing, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning magazines and websites, marquee trade shows and events, market intelligence data, and custom marketing solutions. The company is also North America’s leading publisher of home plans.
HouseLogic is a free source of information and tools from the National Association of Realtors® that helps homeowners make smart decisions and take responsible actions to maintain, protect and enhance the value of their home. HouseLogic helps homeowners plan and organize their home projects and provides timely articles; home improvement advice and how-tos; and information about taxes, home finances and insurance.
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.