Spring has sprung! And so has our urge to spring into action. This is the perfect time of year to roll up your sleeves and get to work around the house, tackling all those exterior home remodel projects to optimize your return on investment (ROI). You know the old adage, don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, that’s true. But it doesn’t hurt to have a cover that stands out among the rest of the books on the shelves.

The same goes for your home.

Curb appeal isn’t everything, but it doesn’t hurt to have something that not only catches your eye, but the eye of a potential home buyer as well. Believe it or not, a new front door goes a long way. The same goes for a new roof. Can’t forget about a well-manicured lawn. All great curb appeal features, all instrumental for ROI.

Here’s a list of the top five exterior home remodel projects to boost your home’s ROI, according to the 2016 Cost vs. Value report published by Remodeling magazine.

Manufactured Stone Veneer

  • Job Cost: $7,519
  • Resale Value: $6,988
  • Cost Recouped: 92.9%

Manufactured Stone Veneer

Cost, overall look, and a variety of colors and designs are just some of the advantages manufactured stone veneer has over natural stone. Stone veneer is the decorative building material that is manufactured to look like natural stone. Based on national averages, the ROI for a mid-range, manufactured stone veneer is the highest among all mid-range projects, and 0.7 percent greater than in 2015.

Garage Door Replacement

  • Job Cost: $1,652
  • Resale Value: $1,512
  • Cost Recouped: 91.5%

Garage Door Replacement

Dents and dings, broken or missing parts, inconsistent moving, cracked or peeling paint. If your garage door has one or all of these unfortunate faults, it may be time to consider replacing it. A garage door replacement has a 91.5 percent ROI, which is 3.1 percent higher than last year. Not only will a new garage door improve your home’s curb appeal, but it will also help keep your possessions safe and secure. The price of a new garage door varies, and is based on the material, size of the garage, and style.

Entry Door Replacement (Steel)

  • Job Cost: $1,335
  • Resale Value: $1,217
  • Cost Recouped: 91.1%


Much like with a garage door replacement, an entry door replacement is just as important to a home’s curb appeal. The front door is one of the first things people see and, if you plan on having guests, it should be inviting and welcoming. If you notice any deterioration, joints that are coming loose, or simply are preferring a different style or design, then it may be time for an entry door replacement. Even though the ROI is down 10.7 percent from 2015, an entry door replacement still has a 91.1% cost recouped rate.

Siding Replacement (Vinyl)

  • Job Cost: $14,100
  • Resale Value: $10,857
  • Cost Recouped: 77%

Vinyl Siding

When it comes to a home’s siding, there are many different options. There’s brick siding, metal siding, stone siding, vinyl siding, wood siding, and plenty more. Which siding do you side with? (See what I did there?). If you said vinyl, you’re not alone. Since it was introduced to the exterior market in the late 1950s, vinyl siding has become the No. 1 siding in the country. Why? Its low cost, low maintenance, and versatility have something to do with it. Vinyl siding is also relatively easy to install, and can drastically improve the overall appearance of one’s home. Nationally, the ROI for vinyl siding replacement is at 77 percent, down 3.7 percent from the previous year.

Deck Addition (Wood)

  • Job Cost: $10,471
  • Resale Value: $7,850
  • Cost Recouped: 75%

Wood Deck

Want to expand on your home’s living space but don’t want to break the bank? How about adding a wood deck? A deck makes for a great addition to a person’s home, and becomes extremely useful during the spring and summer months when time spent outdoors increases. If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your home, check out these helpful tips on how to be prepared before building a deck.

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