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Repair and Restoration ROI

If you're going to spend your hard earned money on remodeling before you sell your home, which projects will bring you the highest return on your investment?

Home Improvement Projects to Help You Sell

When choosing a home improvement or remodeling project, it's important to consider your return on investment (or ROI). To determine ROI, you want to know: "What percentage of each dollar spent on this home improvement will I recoup when I sell?"

According to the Cost vs. Value Report*, replacing your vinyl siding is the least expensive way to add value and increase the selling price for your home. Replacing wood windows and performing a minor kitchen remodel ($17,000 or less) tie for second place on the list of high-impact home improvements to help you sell. The third most profitable home improvement to add value to your home is a bathroom makeover ($12,000 or less).


Job Cost

Resale Value

Average ROI

Vinyl Siding Replacement




Window Replacement (Wood)




Minor Kitchen Remodel




Bathroom Remodel




Window Replacement




Two-Story Addition




Major Kitchen Remodel




Attic Bedroom Remodel




Basement Remodel




Deck Addition




Know Your Neighborhood

Before you decide which home improvement project adds the most house value, do a little competitive research by finding out what features are popular with other homes in your neighborhood. If most houses in your neighborhood are about 15 to 20 years old but have upgraded kitchens with contemporary countertops, tile flooring, and stainless steel appliances, you'll net a better return if you invest in a minor kitchen remodel. By knowing your neighborhood, you'll get a better sense of what projects are the best home improvement values for your dollar.

Know Your Region of the Country

Not only should you know your neighborhood but you should also know your region. Consider a remodeled basement which, nationally, offers 78.8% ROI; widely popular with buyers in some parts of the country (in the Pacific, it nets a 92.7% ROI), remodeled basements are not as popular in other parts of the country (in New England, its ROI is only 61.9%). To help you sell now, know what buyers in your area prefer.

According to the Cost vs. Value Report, each part of the country has unique home improvement values. While a kitchen or bath remodel can net a hefty ROI in the Midwest, the best ROI on the East Coast comes from home improvements that save energy or maintenance, like siding and window replacements.

Return On Investment (%)


West Coast

Minor Kitchen Remodel = 106.4

Bathroom Remodel = 84.9

Home Office Remodel = 77.7

East Coast

Vinyl Siding Replacement = 92.3

Bathroom Addition = 71.0

Home Office Remodel = 63.7


Minor Kitchen Remodel = 86.7

Deck or Family Room Addition = 73.2

Home Office Remodel = 61.0


Fiber Cement Siding Replacement = 92.7

Family Room Addition = 78.7

Home Office Remodel = 69.1

Find out what home improvements are popular with buyers in your area of the U.S. and just across the street in your own neighborhood. By keeping your market in mind, you'll be more likely to invest in a home improvement that'll help you sell your home now.

*The 2006 Cost vs. Value Report – a combined effort by Remodeling magazine and REALTOR® Magazine – explains which home improvements pay off when you sell your home and which don't.

View Remodeling ROI: Home Improvements that Add Value (PDF)

A REALTOR® identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.

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