No. 5: New garage door
For many street-facing homes, a garage door is the "nose on the face of your home," says David Pekel, national treasurer for NARI and the president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Pekel Construction & Remodeling.
A new garage door "has traditionally ranked as one of the highest returns on investment," he says.
The cost averages $2,300, according to the report. And it returns about 87 percent at resale.
Another hot trend: doors with more windows, says Pekel.
And thanks to technology, you can get a preview before you buy simply by uploading a photo onto a website that lets you try out different doors, says Pekel. "People are now recognizing that it has a high aesthetic impact."
One style that's hot right now: carriage-style doors. "It gives the appearance of a hand-made door," Pekel says.
And homeowners are "opting for natural wood, as well as facsimiles," he says. But both are going to require maintenance and upkeep if you want to have them looking good and working well.
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