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#1 Garage Door

Replacing the garage door might seem like an expensive undertaking. However, when you consider its estimated 93 percent ROI, it can certainly be a worthwhile upgrade. New steel garage doors can enhance a home’s appearance, energy efficiency, and security. It’s no wonder, then, that home buyers take notice of this important exterior feature.

#2 Front Door

Old entry doors aren’t as energy efficient as today’s modern options. Damaged or worn out seals can allow heated and cooled air to escape, which can increase utility bills. That means upgrading to a new steel door could benefit you financially even before planting a “For Sale” sign in the yard.

Known as the most budget-friendly project, replacing a front door requires less money upfront while still boasting about 64 percent ROI. After style and material selections, determining whether to hire a professional or DIY the installation is the next important step in completing this project.

#3 Windows

Outdated windows can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency, and some may even be safety hazards if they don’t operate properly. Window replacement can remedy these problems, making your daily life more comfortable and secure, which is also often a top priority for potential home buyers.

In addition to reducing heating and cooling costs, new insulated windows can improve soundproofing, make the exterior of a home more visually appealing, and recoup nearly 70 percent of the total project cost at resale. 

#4 Roof

The prospect of moving into a home and having to replace the roof right away can scare off potential buyers. Getting a new roof before listing your house could help you avoid these potential roadblocks and add value, to boot.

While not quite as high as some of the other exterior projects on this list, the ROI for a new roof is still quite substantial. Homeowners that opt for new asphalt-shingle or metal roofing can estimate a 60 percent and 55 percent return on investment, respectively. 


Siding does so much more than simply make a home look attractive. It protects the structure from harsh elements like strong winds, hail, UV rays, and extreme cold. Some types of siding perform better and last longer than others, but fiber cement and vinyl are said to have the best cost vs. value. Both are available in a myriad of styles and can be painted for a quick aesthetic update in the future. Plus, fiber cement and vinyl siding have the potential to recoup nearly 70 percent of the initial project cost.

For even more wow, installing stone veneer along the lower third of a home’s front façade can add visual interest as well as ROI to the tune of about 91 percent.

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