Good News Worth Repeating About Residential Remodeling and Resale

Feb 16, 2011

With home values being what they are today it’s nice to know that there are some home improvement projects that essentially pay for themselves.

Remodeling magazine published its 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report a few months ago when most of us were more focused on the holidays than we were on home improvement.

Spring is just around the corner so if you have an eye towards improving your home’s curb appeal, take note of what the experts recommend to get the biggest bang for your buck.

The findings in the Remodeling 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report ( show that entry door and garage door replacement projects not only deliver instant gratification in terms of curb appeal, the projects yield the biggest return-on-investment at resale.

In fact, midrange entry door and garage door replacement projects top the list of home improvements, netting the No. 1 and number 2 spots respectively, in the national average.

The publication issued its 24th survey, conducted yearly to determine the return-on- investment for the most common residential remodeling projects. Nine of the top 10 value yielding projects ranked in the 2010-11 report are exterior replacement jobs.

Small, inexpensive changes that make a big impact – like updated garage doors – bring more reliable returns. The report indicates that, on average, spending $1,291 on a garage door can yield a $1,083 ROI – nearly 84 percent.

Entry doors also made the worth the money cut as the report showed spending $1,218 on a steel entry door could pay for itself with a 102 percent return. A fiberglass entry door or grand entrance generates between a 60 to 70 percent ROI, depending on the geographic region.


This is the first year Remodeling magazine has included garage door replacement projects on both its midrange and upscale project lists.


Both projects rank high in their respective categories, for two main reasons: they are among the least expensive projects in the survey, and they improve curb appeal in a way that can affect a potential buyer’s first impression and, consequently, a home’s resale value.

“Many buyers judge a house by its exterior,” says Marty Dewald, a real estate veteran with a 21-year track record as a top producer for Comey and Shepherd in Southwest Ohio. “A remodeled kitchen and bath can help sell a home, but curb appeal is what gets buyers through the door. If they don’t like what they see from the street, chances are they won’t waste time going inside.”

In a separate survey conducted by Stratamark Research and Clopay Building Products, real estate agents nationwide said replacing garage doors on a home can increase the asking price by four percent.

“Garage doors are a major exterior design feature, especially if the garage faces the street,” adds Dewald. “Like the entry door project, an upgrade doesn’t necessarily cost a lot but it makes a big first impression, considering 73 percent of Americans now enter their home through their garage.”

Despite the decline in housing values, the Cost vs. Value Report and other surveys reinforce that homeowners can continue to improve their homes in ways that will pay off at resale. Smart exterior upgrades not only increase curb appeal and perceived home value, they improve energy efficiency – another important factor as homeowners look at ways to reduce the long-term costs of owning and maintaining a home.

Before: The white flush panel steel garage doors do nothing but detract from this home’s cottage character.

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After: The new Clopay Reserve Collection wood carriage house garage doors complement the home’s natural wood entry door, bringing warmth and charm to the entire exterior. Model shown: Design 3, REC13 windows with Spade Strap Hinges and Ring Door Knockers.

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