Exterior home improvements, from a garage door replacement to stone veneer siding, dominate the list of projects with the highest return on investment (aka ROI) according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report for 2018. One of the biggest reasons these projects offer the largest return on investment is because of curb appeal.
Garage Door Replacement
Ready to replace your garage door? An upscale new garage door can elevate the look of your home, increase your home value, and reduce the transfer of heat and cold in your garage. Garage doors are available in a variety of styles, materials, and R-values (optional). Couple with an automatic garage door opener for a trouble-free system.
National average cost: $3,470
Return on investment: 98.3%
Stone Veneer Siding
Stone veneer siding is a great alternative to natural stone. This material offers you a beautiful and affordable way to improve curb appeal without having to substantially renovate your home. Additionally, this siding has insulating properties, something natural or manufactured stone cannot offer.
National average cost: $8,221
Return on investment: 97.1%
Entry Door Replacement (steel)
One of the quickest ways to make a good first impression with your guests is to install a new entry door. This affordable option not only gives the home additional curb appeal, but up-to-date materials and construction add durability and greater insulating properties, creating a door that is both attractive and energy-efficient.
National average cost: $1,471
Return on investment: 91.3%
Replacement Windows (vinyl)
New windows look sharper; no doubt about it. Energy-efficient – double or triple-paned – windows can also go a long way towards reducing the transfer of heat and cold. This can reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home, which accounts for more than 40% of all energy used, saving you money.
National average cost: $15,995
Return on investment: 74.3%
Are you interested in home automation?
Then you may want to consider rewarding your garage, and yourself, with a smart garage door opener. A smart garage door opener provides countless benefits, as well as peace of mind – no more needless worrying that you forgot to close the door when you drove away. Before purchasing a new opener, however, it’s a good idea to have a local garage door professional perform preventative maintenance.
How to get started?
Getting online takes minutes. Most, if not all, smart garage door openers come with everything you need to get started with Wi-Fi already built in. Simply have it professionally installed, connect it to your home’s wireless network*, and download the compatible app. It’s now ready for action. An iOS or Android app allows your smartphone to serve as a remote. You can operate the door with a tap; track your family’s comings and goings; and close the door from the grocery store – two miles away. Additionally, you can set up status reports that instantly alert you by sending a notification to your connected phone should the door open or close while you’re away from home.
*This, depending on the strength of your Wi-Fi, may or may not require an extender.
Complete Control of Your Home
A smart garage door opener is a great choice for extending automation throughout your home. Certain smart garage door openers or hubs can integrate with other smart home devices, such as Nest, IFTTT and Wink. These smart devices can “talk” to the opener to learn your comings and goings, automatically turning on the lights, and adjusting your home’s temperature to a comfortable level as soon as the door is opened. Having complete control of your home can be particularly helpful if your family is always on the go.
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