Where to Put Your Remodeling Dollars in 2013

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Where to Put Your Remodeling Dollars in 2013

At Expert Properties we often get questions from home owners and investor looking for the most return on their investment. The best source of this information comes from the National Association of Realtors who just published their 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.

Results of the report are summarized on NAR’s consumer website www.houseLogic.com which provides information on dozens of remodeling projects; from kitchens and baths to siding replacements, including the recouped value of the project based on a national average.

Here is a quick recap of N.A.R’s Cost vs. Value Report:

  • Steel entry door replacement as the project expected to return the most money, with an estimated 85.6 percent of costs recouped upon resale. The steel entry door replacement is the least expensive project in the report, costing a little more than $1,100 on average. A majority of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally in terms of value recouped are exterior replacement projects; all of these are estimated to recoup more than 71 percent of costs.
  • Three different siding door replacement projects landed in the top 10, including fiber cement siding, (expected to return 79.3 percent of costs), vinyl siding (expected to return 72.9 percent of costs), and foam backed vinyl, (expected to return 71.8 percent of costs). Two additional door replacements were also among the top exterior replacement projects. The midrange and upscale garage door replacement were both expected to return more than 75 percent of all costs.
  • According to the report, two interior remodeling projects in particular can recoup substantial value at resale. A minor kitchen remodel is ranked fifth and is expected to return 75.4 percent of costs. Nationally, the average cost for the project is just under $19,000. The second interior remodeling project in the top 10 is the attic bedroom, which landed at number eight and tied with the vinyl siding replacement with 72.9 percent of costs recouped. With an average national cost of just under $48,000, the attic project adds a bedroom and bathroom within a home’s existing footprint. (The improvement project projected with the least return on investment is the home office remodel, estimated to recoup less than 44 percent).

 

  • The 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report compares construction costs with resale values for 35 midrange and upscale remodeling projects comprising additions, remodels and replacements in 81 markets across the country. Data is grouped in nine U.S. regions, following the divisions established by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the 15th consecutive year that the report, which is produced by Remodeling Magazine, was completed in cooperation with NAR.

Realtors® provided their insights into local markets and buyer home preferences within those markets. The 2013 national average cost-to-value ratio rose to 60.6 percent, ending a six-year decline. The ratio represents nearly a three-point improvement over 2011-2012. Lower construction costs are the principal factor in the upturn, especially when measured against stabilizing house values. In addition, the cost-to-value ratio improved nationally for every project in this year’s report and is higher than it was two years ago for both remodeling and replacement projects.

Most regions followed the national trends; however the Pacific region, consisting of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, once again led the nation with an average cost-value ratio of 71.2 percent. This was due mainly to strong resale values. The next best performing regions were West South Central, South Atlantic, and East South Central. These regions attribute their high ranking to construction costs that were lowest in the country. While still remaining below the national average, most remaining regions showed strong improvement over last year. These are Mountain, New England, East North Central, Middle Atlantic, and West North Central.

See the full report at www.houseLogic.com