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Home remodeling: Value vs. cost

Planning to remodel? Consider the cost vs.the return on investment
Planning to remodel? Consider the cost vs.the return on investmentNancy Baldwin

It’s difficult to justify the cost of a remodeling project without knowing the potential return on investment (ROI).

Yes, remodeling will certainly improve the look, comfort and functionality of a room, but is it worth the cost in the long run?

The expense of some home improvements can be recouped at the time a house is sold but usually at a fraction of the original price.

However, while it’s true that the cost of the remodel or expansion can’t be completely recouped, some improvements will result in a higher ROI than others.

Which remodel projects offer the best bang for the buck depends on a variety of factors including cost of construction and residential resale value within specific geographic locations.

According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine, the West South Central Region, including Dallas and Ft. Worth, has an average cost vs. value ratio of 70.4 percent. This ratio is due in no small part to low construction costs and is second only to the Pacific region at 71.2 percent.

What projects offer the most payback? The following list of mid-range projects* gives a glimpse into what a Dallas-area homeowner can expect.

Project, Estimated Cost, ROI

  • Entry Door Replacement (Steel): $1,076, 83.8%
  • Minor Kitchen Remodel: $16,925, 80.7%
  • Garage Door Replacement: $1,390, 78.4%
  • Deck Addition (Wood): $8,170, 77.8%
  • Window Replacement: $9,909, 75.2%
  • Siding Replacement (Vinyl): $9,960, 74.9%
  • Major Kitchen Remodel: $49,530, 72.9%
  • Bathroom Remodel: $13,997, 72.5%

*See a complete list of mid-range and upscale projects at Remodeling magazine.