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Remodeling Projects that will Add Value

by Jessica Wormeck November 14, 2010

According to Remodeling magazine's 2010-2011 "Cost vs. Value Report," even despite the challenging economy, investing in your home still pays off at resale -- and it doesn't have to cost a lot. The report also showed that home sellers consider first impressions to be a top priority, with nine out of the top 13 projects being exterior replacements that contribute to curb appeal and help attract buyers.

Based on interviews with real estate professionals throughout the country, the Remodeling report found that the top two projects were also the least expensive. A mid-range entry door replacement returns more than 102.1 percent of project costs upon resale, followed by a mid-range garage door replacement, at 83 percent.

While considered upscale, the third-best project, fiber-cement siding replacement, has been a consistently high performer, recouping 80 percent of costs this year, and also showing the smallest cost increase of any project (less than 1 percent).

The right remodeling project, when done well, also has the potential to make for a quicker sale and reduce negotiations with buyers over perceived shortcomings