CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Spring is home improvement time and millions of Americans are now starting to plan those springtime projects.
Here are some improvements that will earn you the most money back at selling time, so you don't waste your money.
So are you’re thinking of a home improvement in 2020? Maybe a new kitchen, or bathroom, or you’ve decided it’s time to build that sunroom you've always wanted.
Then you may want to know which projects will give you the best return on investment this year.
It used to be that a kitchen upgrade was the best investment you could make.
But thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and all of the other HGTV stars, other upgrades now top the investment list.
Remodeling dot net says the best return on your dollar is a new garage door, if yours looks like the 1970's.
You'll get 98 percent of your money back at resale.
Next is manufactured stone veneer in front of your house, with a 97 percent return.
Also, a new front door, returning 91 percent of your money.
They are followed by:
- wood deck.
- basic kitchen remodel.
- siding replacement
- and window replacement.
And from the doesn't that stink file, the worst home improvements for your dollar: an upscale kitchen or master suite in a small, older house.
You may only get back 50 percent of your $100,000 investment, which will have you saying doesn't that stink.
The problem: you have over-improved your house based on the neighborhood.
In the end, all home improvement projects are good projects, if they make you happy.
Just know that some do better at resale time so you don’t waste your money.