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Best (and Worst) Exterior Remodeling Projects for Your Buck

Find out which improvements outside the house yield the best return on your investment

By Jan Soults Walker


Before you shell out hard-earned income improving your home's exterior, keep in mind that some remodels increase the value of your home at sale time, and others, not so much. A low return doesn't mean you should nix the project, however. If you know you'll live in your home for many years to come and the improvement you have in mind increases comfort and style—or just gives you pleasure—it's worth consideration.

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Great Investment: Steel Entry Door

Dollar for dollar, you'll get an impressive bang for your buck when you focus on curb appeal projects for your home that promise a high return on your investment. Coming in at number one out of 22 projects listed in the Remodeling 2012–13 Cost vs. Value Report is a new steel entry door. Spend an average of $1,137 for one of these, and you'll recoup a whopping 85 percent when you sell the house. (Selecting a fiberglass door doesn't rank nearly as high, with a return of 66 percent out of the typical cost of $1,800 for a fiberglass door installation.)

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