Top 10 remodeling projects for adding value to your home

  • 6. Minor kitchen remodel

    National average cost: $18,856

    Return on investment: 82.7 percent

    As Remodeling Magazine defines it, a minor kitchen remodel consists of replacing cabinet fronts with raised-panel wood doors and drawers, along with new hardware; replacing wall oven and cooktop with energy-efficient models; replacing laminate countertops; installing a mid-priced sink and faucet; and repainting and replacing flooring.

    The kitchen is always a good place to invest money, because it's the heart of the home, Kmiecik said.

    "Whenever I take buyers to look at a home, we spend most of the time standing in the kitchen, sitting at the table, getting a feel for how this kitchen will fit into your lifestyle," he said. "It definitely adds value. Just be careful not to overdo it."

    A major kitchen remodel, meanwhile, would cost $54,909 and has a 74.2 percent ROI.

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