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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2017 Remodeling Impact

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)

Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

Remodeling Impact: Animals in Homes (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Return on Investment

Average Recouped Value in Home Remodeling Projects

Source: (FIXr, Feb. 7, 2019)

9 Renovation Projects, Ranked by Their Return on Investment (Architectural Digest, May 17, 2019)

The 10 Worst Home Renovations for Your Money (MSN, Apr. 29, 2019)

The Home Renovations That Garner Sellers the Best Return on Investment (The Washington Post, Apr. 17, 2019)

Six Best and Worst Home Improvements for Your Money (The Street, Mar. 11, 2019)

Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2019 (RISMedia, Jan. 22, 2019)

2019 Cost vs Value Report (Remodeling, 2019)

Home Improvement Tips

That's So 2018! Outdated Remodeling Advice You Might Be Following (realtor.com®, Feb. 5, 2019)

Designers and Experts Share the Best Home Renovation Tips for Maximum Resale Value (Forbes, Jan. 29, 2019)

Remodeling Tips & Advice (houselogic, 2019)

15 Major Money-Saving Ways to Cut Remodeling Costs (Apartment Therapy, Nov. 8, 2018)

8 Tips for Renovating a Small Space (Curbed, Sep. 21, 2018)

Remodeling Statistics and Trends

Improving America’s Housing 2019 (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Mar. 12, 2019)

5 Kitchen Trends That Will Be Huge in 2019—and 3 That Are Officially Over (Real Simple, Mar. 4, 2019)

Residential Remodeling Spending Continues to Gradually Grow (National Association of Home Builders, Feb. 19, 2019)

Top Houzz Kitchen Renovation Trends For 2019 (Forbes, Jan. 31, 2019)

Ready to Remodel? These Home Renovations Will Pay Off the Most (and the Least) in 2019 (realtor.com®, Jan. 23, 2019)

10 home design trends to watch out for in 2019 (The Washington Post, Dec. 27, 2018)

10 Daring Interior Design Trends You'll See Everywhere in 2019 (realtor.com®, Dec. 11, 2018)

The 5 Home Renovation Trends Dominating This Year (The Star, Jul. 12, 2018)

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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