What remodeling job has the best return on investment? Where should you start when remodeling an older home? New resources are becoming available and even more important during these times. The home remodeling industry has enjoyed even more growth and will reach new heights in the future.

Value of Remodeling Projects


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REALTOR® Magazine Cost vs. Value Reports

2015 Cost vs Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2015)

2013-2014 Cost vs Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan 2014)

2012-2013 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2013)

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 2012)

2010 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2011)

2009 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2010)

2008 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2008)

2007 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2007)

2006 Cost vs. Value Report (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2006)

2017 Remodeling Impact: Indoor Report

New Master Suite/Owner’s Suite
•    Percent of value recovered from the project: 52 percent.

Kitchen Upgrade
•    Percent of value recovered from the project: 57 percent.

Bathroom Renovation
•    Percent of value recovered from the project: 50 percent.

New Roofing
•    Percent of value recovered from the project: 109 percent.

Source: 2017 Remodeling Impact (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Return on Investment

Remodeling returns: These home projects pay you back big (CNBC, Mar. 13, 2018)

Here's how much your home remodel will pay you back (CNBC, Jan. 24, 2018)

What the 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth in 2018 (REALTOR.com, Jan. 11, 2018)

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Kitchen, and Is it Worth it? (Bankrate, Nov. 3, 2016)

Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 27, 2016) 

Which Home Remodeling Projects Have the Best ROI? (Inman, Aug. 11, 2016)

5 Renovation Projects with the Best Return on Investment (The Huffington Post, May 5, 2016)

Home Renovation Projects That Provide the Best Return on Investment (Realty Times, Jan. 17, 2016)

Looking for High Return When You Remodel? Start with Exterior Projects (Remodeling, Jan. 7, 2016)

Get the Best ROI with Your Next Home Improvement Project (RISMedia, Jan. 5, 2016)

10 Home Renovations That Offer the Best (and Worst) Return on Investment (realtor.com®, Jan. 12, 2016)

2015 Remodeling Impact Report: Indoor (National Association of REALTORS®, Dec.9, 2015)

Remodeling Impact (National Association of REALTORS®, Dec. 9, 2015)

8 Home Remodeling Lessons That Increase Value (Time, Sept. 13, 2015)

10 Cheap Ways to Increase a Home’s Value (REALTOR® Magazine, May, 25, 2015)

2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value: Less is More (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2015)

The Five Best Time-tested Remodeling Projects -- And the Worst (HouseLogic, Apr. 2014)

Which Home Remodeling Projects are Worth Your Money? (US News & World Report, Mar. 7, 2014)

Best Remodeling Bang for Your Buck (DailyFinance, Mar. 6, 2014)

Homeowners Choose to Remodel, Expect to Recoup Investments (Rochester Business Journal, Feb. 28, 2014)

Money Tips for Home Remodeling (MarketWatch, Jan. 27, 2014)

Stay Put and Remodel — or Move? (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2014)

Home Improvement Tips

7 Home Renovations to Consider for 2018 (U.S. News & World Report, Mar. 9, 2018)

2018 Smart Home Trends Worth Watching (Consumer Reports, Dec. 22, 2017)

Fall Home Improvement Tips, (RISMedia, Sept. 10, 2016)

What You Need to Know About Home Remodeling, (Kipplinger’s Personal Finance, Sept. 16, 2016) E

Home Improvement Tips: How to Improve Your Home, (HouseLogic, May 6, 2016)

Inside Real Estate: Resolving Remodeling Dilemma, for Keepers and Sellers, (Alaska Journal, Mar. 19, 2015)

A Decorator’s Personal Guide to Surviving a Home Remodeling Project, (Styled Staged & Sold, Feb. 17 2014)

Remodeling Statistics and Trends

The 5 home renovation trends dominating this year (The Star, Jul. 12, 2018)

The Best Remodeling Moves for 2017, (Money, Dec. 3, 2016)

5 Top Home Remodeling Trends for 2016, (Consumer Reports, Jan. 28, 2016)

Trends, Issues, and Outlook in Home Remodeling, (National Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 3, 2015)

Kitchen Remodeling Trends to Make Life Easier and Impress Your Friends, (National Association of REALTORS®, May 1, 2015)

Spring Remodeling: Trends in Kitchens and Baths, (U.S. News Money, Mar. 31, 2015)

In Home Renovations, Big Homes Get Bigger, (Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2014) — The people who are most likely to add square footage to their homes already owned large homes to begin with, a survey finds

More Home Owners Remodel to Raise Home’s Value, (REALTOR® Magazine Daily Real Estate News, May 22, 2014)

Top 10 Most Popular Remodeling Jobs, (REALTOR® Magazine Daily Real Estate News, May 5, 2014)

Achieving Scale in the Residential Remodeling Industry: Findings From Interviews With Industry Leaders, (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Apr. 2014)

Remodeling Trends to Consider, (HeraldNet, Feb. 27, 2014)

7 Bathroom Remodeling Trends, (Styled Staged & Sold, Feb. 24, 2014)

Consumers Turn to Online Video for Home Remodeling Tips and Inspiration, (BizReport, Feb. 11, 2014)

Remodeling Web Sites

Better Homes and Gardens — One of the premier home and family sites on the web which includes a page dedicated to decorating tips and more.

DIY Network — The source for the best do-it-yourself tips for home renovations.

Joint Center for Housing Studies — JCHS website has information and research on housing market, demographic, and social trends.

Move, Inc. — Move, Inc.'s website has information on technology, tips, safety and remodeling tools.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry — Consumers can find remodeling tips, how to find a qualified contractor, frequently asked questions, and much more.

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies, (Kindle, eBook)

Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor (eBook)

The Complete Book of Home Inspection (eBook)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Building and Remodeling (Kindle, eBook)

Green Remodeling, (Kindle, eBook)

How to Increase the Value of your Home (eBook)

Remodeled Homes (eBook)

Trips & Traps When Renovating Your Home (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

No regrets remodeling: how to create a comfortable, healthy home that saves energy, (Berkeley, CA: Energy Auditor & Retrofitter, Inc., 2013) TJ163.5.D86 N6

Not so big remodeling: Tailoring your home for the way you really live, (Taunton Press, 2009) TH 4816 Su8

Renovate to Riches, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004) HF 5438 D88

Improve the value of your home up to $100,000, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003) TH 3401 Ir9i

Remodeling your home: an insider's guide, (Washington, DC: Home Builder Press, 1996) TH 4816 N21r

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