2021 home improvement projects with the highest ROI

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RISMedia’s House Call Blog | Jameson Doris

Among all the uncertainties that the past 14 months have brought to the U.S. housing market, one of the few things that has remained constant is the value that home improvement projects add to a home. Exterior home improvement projects, in particular, took center stage in 2021, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.

Of the top 12 projects that garner the highest return on investment (ROI) this year, 11 of them are exterior projects. The lone outlier? The always-popular minor kitchen remodel ranked at No. 3, with 72% of the cost for such a job recovered.

A key takeaway from this year’s report is the impact that rising raw materials costs has had on home improvement projects. Since 2014, prices have risen across the board for all the projects ranked in the Cost vs. Value Report, but this year has seen a stark spike in prices. This has caused an average of -3% ROI for all home improvement projects.

Find the list of projects here: Cost vs. Value: 2021 Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI