Curb Appeal Is Still King

house exterior showing curb appealCurb appeal counts: If you're looking to invest some money in your house, look no further than the front door. For the second year in a row, curb appeal projects remain at the top of the list of high-value home improvements, according to just-released data from Remodeling's 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report.

In fact, an entry door upgrade is the curb appeal project that returns the most at resale -- and the only one surveyed to recoup its entire cost, at 102 percent payback. Other big returners are a replacement garage door, an upgrade to fiber-cement siding and a wood deck addition.

This year's edition of the annual survey covers 35 exterior and interior improvements, with data on project costs and resale value nationally and by region. As you might expect, home improvement returns overall have taken a hit in recent years, with project costs escalating while home prices have stagnated. This year, for the first time since 2006, the cost of remodeling projects started to come down--but resale values declined even more precipitously.

To read the full survey, visit Cost vs. Value's official site.

For help making smart home improvements, check out these AOL Real Estate guides:

Improvements That Get Your House Sold
Top 10 Home Improvements That Pay You Back
Home Improvements Sellers Should Avoid

More on AOL
Real Estate:
Find out how to calculate mortgage payments.
Find homes for sale in your area.
Find foreclosures in your area.
Get property tax help from our experts.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

A Moratorium on Forclosures would just let Dead Beats, that should'nt have been in those homes in the first place, just hang around longer (For Free). Pay your Bills or get the Hell OUT, Tax payers are the ones that ended up paying for the dead beat Homeowners in the first place..they should be called Home Squatters, they had no intention of paying there mortgage in the first place just somewhere to stay FOR FREE.

December 18 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to flrooster1's comment

your an idiot, you need to watch the congress and the news, but it is obvious you don't have a brain

December 19 2010 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply