Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report- NAR Reprint

Please read this Reprint from the National Association of Realtors if you are planning on selling your home.

Realtors® Rate Exterior Replacement Projects Among Most Valuable Home Improvements

(January 16, 2014) – A home’s curb appeal is crucial because it can be
the first thing buyers notice about a home. That’s why Realtors® rated
exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects in
the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.

“With many factors to consider such as cost and time, deciding what
remodeling projects to undertake can be a difficult decision for
homeowners,” said National Association of Realtors® President Steve
Brown, co-owner of Irongate, Inc., Realtors® in Dayton, Ohio. “Realtors®
know what home features are important to buyers in their area, but a
home’s curb appeal is always critical since it’s the first impression
for potential buyers. That’s why exterior replacement projects offer the
greatest bang for the buck. Projects such as entry door, siding and
window replacements can recoup homeowners more than 78 percent of costs
upon resale.”

NAR’s consumer website highlights the results of the report in its “Best Bets for Remodeling Your Home in 2014” slideshow. The site also provides information and advice on various home improvement projects, including a guide to kitchen remodeling with the best payback and dozens of exterior replacement projects.

Realtors® judged a steel entry door replacement as the project
expected to return the most money, with an estimated 96.6 percent of
costs recouped upon resale. The steel entry door replacement is
consistently the least expensive project in the annual Cost vs. Value Report, costing little more than $1,100 on average.

Eight of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally, in terms
of value recouped, are exterior projects. A wood deck addition came in
second with an estimated 87.4 percent of costs recouped upon resale. Two
different siding replacement projects also landed in the top 10,
including fiber-cement siding, expected to return 87 percent of costs,
and vinyl siding, expected to return 78.2 percent of costs. Out of the
top 10 projects, the fiber-cement siding replacement project improved
the most since last year, with costs recouped increasing by more than 15
percent. Two garage door replacements were also in the top 10; a
midrange garage door replacement is expected to return 83.7 percent
while an upscale garage door replacement follows closely at 82.9 percent
of costs recouped. Rounding out the top exterior remodeling projects
were two window replacements; a wood window replacement is estimated to
recoup 79.3 percent of costs and a vinyl window replacement is estimated
to recoup 78.7 percent of costs.

According to the report, two interior remodeling projects in
particular can recoup substantial value at resale. An attic bedroom is
ranked fourth and is expected to return 84.3 percent of costs;
nationally, the average cost for the project is just above $49,000. The
second interior remodeling project in the top 10 is the minor kitchen
remodel. The project landed at number seven and is estimated to recoup
82.7 percent of costs. Nationally, the average cost for the project is
just under $19,000. The improvement project likely to return the least
is the home office remodel, estimated to recoup 48.9 percent.

For the report, Realtors® provided their insights into local markets
and buyer home preferences within those markets. For 2014, the national
average cost-value ratio stands at 66.1 percent, a jump of 5.5 points
over last year and the largest increase since 2005, when the ratio
increased 6.1 points to reach a high of 86.7 percent. For the second
consecutive year, Cost vs. Value data shows that the value of
remodeling is up for all 35 projects included in the survey.
Additionally, for the first time in four years, improved resale value of
residential housing had more of an influence in the cost-value ratio
than construction costs. A modest 2.2 percent increase in average
national construction costs was more than offset by an 11.5 percent
improvement in average national resale value.

The 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report compares
construction costs with resale values for 35 midrange and upscale
remodeling projects comprising additions, remodels and replacements in
100 markets across the country. Data are grouped in nine U.S. regions,
following the divisions established by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is
the 16th consecutive year that the report, which is produced by Remodeling magazine publisher Hanley Wood, LLC, was completed in cooperation with NAR.

“Every neighborhood is different and the desirability and resale
value of a particular remodeling project varies by region and metro
area. Before undertaking a remodeling project, homeowners should consult
a Realtor® as they are the best resource when deciding what projects
will provide the most return upon resale,” said Brown. “Realtors® have a
unique understanding of local markets, home features and buyer
preferences and know that there are a variety of factors that affect a
home’s value, such as location, condition of surrounding properties and
regional economic climate.”

Seven of the nine regions covered in the report outperformed the
national average, a distinct improvement over 2013, when just four
regions performed better than average. Once again, the Pacific region,
consisting of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, led the
nation with an average cost-value ratio of 88 percent, due mainly to
strong resale values. The next best performing region was West South
Central with 76.4 percent, followed by three regions tied at 74.6
percent: South Atlantic, which improved from 63.7 percent in 2013, New
England, which improved from 56.2 percent in 2013, and East North
Central, which improved from 54.8 percent in 2013.

To read the full project descriptions and access national and regional project data, visit “Cost vs. Value” is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood, LLC.

HouseLogic is a free source of information and tools from the
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decisions and take responsible actions to maintain, protect and enhance
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Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and
information company serving the housing, commercial design and
construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company
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events, market intelligence data, and custom marketing solutions. The
company is also North America’s leading publisher of home plans.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,”
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