Projected return on investment: 85.6% Moore says this inexpensive fix (estimated cost: $1,137) can improve your home's energy efficiency while making a good first impression on house hunters.
Projected return on investment: 79.3% "Fiber-cement siding is a very popular product on new-construction homes because it's very low maintenance, it doesn't need painting for quite some time and it insulates a home well," Moore says.
And while Remodeling predicts you'll spend $13,083 installing 1,250 square feet of prepainted fiber-cement siding and trim, Moore says the job will add to your home's curb appeal -- especially if you live in a cold-weather locale. "Siding is one of the first things to go in [cold climates] because of the weather," she says. Adding a wooden deck
Projected return on investment: 77.3% Moore says she's noticed house hunters favoring decks ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks increased many Americans' interest in entertaining at home. "Decks are just a great way to enjoy your home," she says. Remodeling calculates that installing a 16-by-20-foot wooden deck with posts, railings and a built-in bench and planter will set you back $9,327. Garage-door replacement
Projected return on investment: 75.7% Moore says this upgrade can really boost curb appeal -- again, particularly in cold climates -- even though Remodeling estimates the job costs only $1,496. "Water and snow and things bouncing up from the driveway can easily rot garage doors," she says. Minor kitchen remodel
Projected return on investment: 75.4% Study authors defined this job as repainting trim and replacing the kitchen stove, oven, wallpaper, flooring and cabinet/drawer doors and handles (but not the cabinet/drawer interiors). Remodeling estimates all of that costs $18,527, but Moore says the price is worth it if your kitchen needs work. "If the rest of the house is really nice but the kitchen is a disaster, you're going to get much less for house than you deserve," she says.