Moving To Augusta

Author: Stuart Rayburn

Published: March 16, 2019

It is inherent in people to want to customize their space, to make it feel more like home. When we buy and move into a new home, we have a unique opportunity to not only fix it up, but make it our own. But remodeling can be difficult on one’s checkbook, especially if you may be in the home for only a few years. This list will help you understand what projects will return on investment, so you can get some of that money back when you sell your home in the future.

Top 10 Midrange Projects

1. Entry Door Replacement (steel)
Cost: $1,200
Resale Value: $1,100
Cost Recouped: 96.6%

2. Deck Addition (wood)
Cost: $9,500
Resale Value: $8,300
Cost Recouped: 87.4%

3. Attic Bedroom
Cost: $49,400
Resale Value: $41,700
Cost Recouped: 84.3%

4. Garage Door Replacement
Cost: $1,500
Resale Value: $1,300
Cost Recouped: 83.7%

5. Minor Kitchen Remodel
Cost: $18,800
Resale Value: $15,600
Cost Recouped: 82.7%

6. Window Replacement (wood)
Cost: $10,900
Resale Value: $8,600
Cost Recouped: 79.3%

7. Window Replacement (vinyl)
Cost: $10,000
Resale Value: $7,800
Cost Recouped: 78.7%

8. Siding Replacement (vinyl)
Cost: $11,500
Resale Value: $9,000
Cost Recouped: 78.2%

9. Basement Remodel
Cost: $62,900
Resale Value: $49,000
Cost Recouped: 77.6%

10. Deck Addition (composite)
Cost: $15,400
Resale Value: $11,500
Cost Recouped: 74.3%

Top 10 Upscale Projects

1. Siding Replacement (fiber-cement)
Cost: $13,400
Resale Value: $11,600
Cost Recouped: 87.0%

2. Garage Door Replacement
Cost: $2,800
Resale Value: $2,300
Cost Recouped: 82.9%

3. Siding Replacement (foam-backed vinyl)
Cost: $14,200
Resale Value: $11,100
Cost Recouped: 78.1%

4. Window Replacement (vinyl)
Cost: $13,400
Resale Value: $10,300
Cost Recouped: 76.6%

5. Window Replacement (wood)
Cost: $16,800
Resale Value: $12,400
Cost Recouped: 74.0%

6. Grand Entrance (fiberglass)
Cost: $7,300
Resale Value: $5,100
Cost Recouped: 70.7%

7. Deck Addition (composite)
Cost: $35,000
Resale Value: $22,800
Cost Recouped: 65.1%

8. Bathroom Remodel (tie)
Cost: $51,500
Resale Value: $32,700
Cost Recouped: 63.6%

8. Major Kitchen Remodel (tie)
Cost: $110,000
Resale Value: $70,000
Cost Recouped: 63.6%

9. Roofing Replacement
Cost: $34,500
Resale Value: $22,000
Cost Recouped: 63.0%

10. Bathroom Addition
Cost: $72,500
Resale Value: $44,000
Cost Recouped: 60.6%

Stuart Rayburn

Stuart Rayburn cultivated an early appreciation of southern culture, history, food, art and architecture growing up in Savannah, Georgia. A graduate of Augusta University, he has been in Augusta since 1988. Stuart lives in West Augusta and owns commercial property in historic downtown Augusta where he produces the Downtown Walking Map for Augusta and Downtown Athens. Stuart is a partner in TheNewcomersGuide.com and The Little Guide Augusta, and he owns a small billboard company. His passions are raising his two boys Will and John Banks, preserving and developing our historic downtown and helping small businesses grow through branding and customer acquisition. If you know of anyone who needs help getting their message out to Augusta, he’s the best!