With the long winter months approaching, it may be a good time to consider big and small projects around the house. The question always is — is it worth the time and investment? The answer may be below.

A question that I frequently get is where should I invest in home improvements. You may be surprised by the answers. According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the #1 item on home improvement return on investment is a steel entry door replacement. Here’s the list focused on mid range expense:

Project

Job Cost

Resale Value

Cost Recouped

Entry Door Replacement (steel)

$1,287

$1,191

92.50%

Manufactured Stone Veneer

$7,229

$6,278

86.90%

Garage Door Replacement

$1,674

$1,411

84.00%

Siding Replacement (vinyl)

$12,876

$10,578

82.20%

Deck Addition (wood)

$10,828

$8,669

80.10%

Attic Bedroom

$56,435

$45,091

79.90%

Window Replacement (vinyl)

$10,854

$8,126

75.00%

Minor Kitchen Remodel

$20,359

$15,258

74.90%

Window Replacement (wood)

$11,891

$8,666

72.90%

Roofing Replacement

$21,576

$15,034

69.70%

Bathroom Remodel

$18,120

$12,385

68.40%

Major Kitchen Remodel

$59,476

$39,649

66.70%

Deck Addition (composite)

$16,665

$11,055

66.30%

Basement Remodel

$70,651

$45,560

64.50%

Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass)

$3,003

$1,914

63.70%

Garage Addition

$57,377

$36,082

62.90%

Two-Story Addition

$173,745

$108,428

62.40%

Backup Power Generator

$12,554

$7,731

61.60%

Master Suite Addition

$116,514

$71,282

61.20%

Family Room Addition

$89,316

$54,211

60.70%

Bathroom Addition

$42,701

$22,828

53.50%

Home Office Remodel

$30,761

$15,091

49.10%

Sunroom Addition

$79,661

$37,446

47.00%

Another question I get is, ‘we’re not sure if we want to spend the money on home improvements to upgrade our home, so should we simply move’. If you are asking this question, try this Home Improvement vs. Moving Calculator. It may answer your question.