8 Most Valuable Home Improvements

The eight best projects to enjoy while you stay and recoup when you sell.

Even if you aren't planning to sell your home for many years, it's important to consider the value that DIY projects will add to your home for future resale. The following home improvements topped the national average for the biggest bang for your buck in the 2014 Cost vs Value Report compiled by Remodeling Magazine.

In order of the greatest percentage of investment recouped to the least, the top eight most valuable home improvement projects are:

1. Entry door replacement (steel)

Here's how to do it.

2. Deck addition (wood)

How to build curb appeal with a front entry deck.

3. Attic bedroom

Check out tips for remodeling an attic ceiling and floor.

4. Garage door replacement

New steel door from Clopay starting at $600.

5. Minor kitchen remodel

Check out this amazing (and affordable) kitchen makeover.

6. Window replacement

Learn how to replace a window with a sliding-glass door.

7. Siding replacement (vinyl)

Check out what's new with vinyl siding today.

8. Basement remodel

How to install an egress window, a must when you're putting in a basement bedroom.


This was one of the most-viewed Handy articles in 2014. Click here to check out the six other articles that earned the "Best of 2014" title.


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