If you’ve been on the fence for years about doing some improvements to your home because you didn’t know which improvements would give you the biggest bang for your buck, we understand. Remodeling isn’t just about aesthetics. Sure, it’s a lot about aesthetics, but you’re also making an investment. You want that home improvement to increase the value of your home. Here are a few facts taken from Remodeling Magazine that should get you on track.

OUTDOOR PROJECTS VS INDOOR PROJECTS

When it comes to increasing the value of a home, outdoor projects continue to outperform indoor projects. Seems upside down, doesn’t it? We spend most of our time inside our homes than out in our yards. You would think that adding another bathroom, improving a family room, or adding a master suite would top the list but, according to the data collected by Remodeling Magazine, windows, doors, and siding have a history of generating higher returns on investment than work done inside. They hint that it might be connected to the fact that these projects increase the “curb appeal” of a home, and make it more attractive to both homebuyers and real estate agents.

Top 10 Remodeling Projects Based On Cost Recuperated

  1. Fiberglass Attic Insulation
  2. Entry Door Replacement (steel)
  3. Manufactured Stone Veneer
  4. Garage Door Replacement (upscale project)
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel
  6. Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass)
  7. Garage Door Replacement (midrange project)
  8. Siding Replacement
  9. Window Replacement (vinyl)
  10. Window Replacement (wood)

PRICE RANGE

Five of the top ten remodeling projects based on ROI, are projects that fall in the less than $5,000 range, and the other five fall into the $5,000-$25,000 range. That puts the entire top 10 list at under $25,000. This is partly because it is harder to place value on things we can’t see. It is easy to look at a beautiful entry door and calculate its value. There is nothing hidden. But estimating the value of a remodeled kitchen or master bedroom suite is trickier. There is a lot of “behind the scenes” work required for these projects.

VALUE AT SALE

How good of an investment are doors, windows, and siding replacement? Let’s take a look at the percentage of cost recuperated on several projects tracked. This is how much of the cost for these projects was returned at the time of the sale.

  • Master Suite: 59.9%
  • Bathroom Addition : 53.9%
  • Window Replacement (vinyl): 73.9%
  • Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass): 77.8%
  • Siding Replacement: 76.4%
  • Backyard Patio: 54.9%
  • Bathroom Remodel 59.1%
  • Major Kitchen Remodel: 61.9%
  • Two-Story Addition: 71.1%

As you can see, doors, windows, and siding replacements are a great investment. When you replace the windows on your home with new vinyl windows, not only do you get to enjoy all of the benefits those new windows bring, you’ll get almost ¾ of your money back if you sell your home. The value goes up even more for siding replacement or new fiberglass entry door.

At Window Nation, we offer an incredible selection of entry doors, replacement windows, and siding. If you’re ready to do an upgrade that will almost pay for itself, we are ready to walk you through the process, step by step.

There are a lot of home improvements that can make your home much nicer to live in. If you like to cook, a fully remodeled kitchen may be right up your alley. If you have more than two children, it is always good to have a second bathroom. But improvements like these can cost a lot of money, and often, they do give you a return on that money. Adding a $75,000 kitchen to a $100,000 home is not likely to yield a $75,000 return in value. Here are a few remodeling ideas for 2016 that will not only make your home feel new again, they will also justify the cost by giving you the best value for the money spent.

Bathroom Remodel

When you replace the tub, toilet, sink, vanity, tile, and fixtures in a bathroom it doesn’t just spruce up the place, it adds value to your home’s equity. If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will give you the most bang for your buck, this is a good way to go.

If you’re looking for something to do that will be less expensive than a full remodel, there are some quick things you can do to spice things up and add value. Putting new paper on the walls or laying down a fresh coat of paint can make that bathroom feel fresh and new. Adding a re-glaze to your tub will give it a like-new finish for around $350. And, getting rid of old caulk around the tub with a softener like CAULK-BE-GONE®, and laying down some new caulk for a clean, fresh look, is a great idea for very little cash.

Replacement Windows

If you’re looking for more convenience, lower energy bills, less sound from passing traffic, and more light getting into your home, window replacements are a perfect investment. Not only will that investment pay for itself over time, it will add to the equity of your home immediately, by making the interior and the exterior of your home more appealing and increasing the feeling of newness. Nothing makes a home feel old like windows that don’t work right or look like they’ve been painted eight times.

Updated Front Entry Door

Another great exterior improvement is a new entry door. According to a 2015 remodeling Impact Report, a new steel front entry door can recover 75% of its cost at resale. Not only will you make most of your money back, you’ll also sell your home faster with an inviting entryway.

Landscaping

According to figures from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the cost of landscaping can weigh in at a few thousand. But these costs will more than makeup for themselves when you go to sell your home. Landscaping has strong curb appeal and can significantly decrease how long a home stays on the market.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is always a good upgrade. Not only will you feel like you’re living in a new home, you’ll almost completely recoup your investment and add protection that will protect the value of your home.
If 2016 is the year you decide to make your Ohio home feel like new, for not a lot of money, we can help you with that. At Window Nation, we offer the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to vinyl siding, replacement windows, and entry doors. Stop in to our showroom and start envisioning what your new home will look like in 2016.