The 10 Most Cost-Effective Renovations


High-end, major remodeling projects don’t always offer the most favorable return on investment when you sell your home. Lower-cost but highly visible changes can often do more to increase profits in a sale, as Tim McKeough writes in this week’s cover story in the Real Estate section. Here are some simple improvements that may offer the most bang for the buck.

In apartments and houses:

Refinishing hardwood floors

Painting walls

Replacing kitchen countertops

Installing new kitchen appliances

Replacing kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts

In houses only:

Replacing the front door with a new steel-and-glass door

Replacing the garage door

Replacing siding

Adding a wood deck

Replacing windows with wood windows

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