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Best (and Worst) Interior Remodeling Projects for Your Buck

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

By Jan Soults Walker


Have an interior home improvement project in mind? Maybe a couple? Learn which remodels translate to a higher home resale value and which do not. Even if the renovation you have in mind doesn't promise much back for every dollar you spend, you may still want to undertake it. Weigh the pros and cons, and if you know the project improves your quality of life and you plan to stay in your home five years or longer, it may be worth doing despite a low return on your investment.

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Great Investment: Kitchen Renovation

Updating or remodeling a kitchen stands as one of the most popular interior home improvement projects. According to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) study, 47 percent of homeowners say they've redone their kitchens—and for good reason: An efficient and attractive kitchen not only improves quality of life, but homeowners can expect to recoup a large portion of their investment when selling their homes.

The Remodeling 2012–13 Cost vs. Value Report says a minor kitchen makeover with new cabinet fronts, hardware, countertops, and appliances realizes a 75 percent return on an investment. For a major kitchen remodeling (add in an island, new sink and faucet, flooring, and paint), the return drops slightly to about 69 percent.

So what makes a kitchen most attractive to buyers? Two different studies (one by the NAR and another by the National Association of Home Builders, or NAHB) show that eat-in kitchens, new appliances, and walk-in pantries make homebuyers' hearts go pittter-patter.
by Allison McCowan

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