There comes a time when every home needs a little pick me up. Whether you’re finally fed up with your kitchen, getting ready to sell, or Pinterest has you dreaming of a patio - you want to make sure your making the best choices with your money. We searched the web for expert advice and some dard data on what home projects will get us the biggest bang for our buck right here in the Seattle area. From $200 to $20,000 - here’s our TOP TEN renovations for the best return on investment (ROI).
4.) The Other Front Door – Our garages often take up as much as 40% of our home’s front elevation. No wonder it’s THE BEST investment you can make giving an almost 154% return in the Seattle area according to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com). Average costs in the Seattle area run about $3,800, but it can gain you almost $5,800 in resale value. Whether it’s finishing your mid-century look, matching your front door, or adding some needed light into the garage interior – the lowly garage door can make a big difference!
5.) The REAL Front Door – Don’t forget about your actual front door, however, as it too gives a good ROI. From stylish steel replacements (~$2,000) to grand entrances with side and top lights ($9,500) changing out your door can give you up to 95% ROI.
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8.) To Composite or not to Composite – If it's summer in Seattle you're either on your deck or plotting ways to get one ASAP. Maybe you’re tired of staining your existing deck and want to go Composite? In either case wood deck additions will cost on average $17,000 and give you 90% ROI. This includes a 16 x 20 deck with railings, a built-in bench, and stair access. If you want to go crazy on the fancy balustrades, that’s up to you! Composite decks might cost more upfront at $21,000 but you'll save hours of time on maintenance.
Finally, here comes the big guns: $20k+ and several weeks investment:
9.) Bye-Bye Bathroom – If you’re ready to just start over, you can achieve a complete new look from the floor to the tub to the fixtures at about $24,000 for a 5x7 mid-range bathroom. ROI on bathroom remodels are pretty good in Seattle at 90%. Getting rid of the pink sink, however? PRICELESS.