Which Home Improvements Pay Off?

Designer Felix Guyon shares a penthouse in a 25-storey building on Nuns’┬áIsland in Montreal, with a stunning view of the Saint Lawrence River. The importance of different maintenance issues varies with geographical location, too. Roof replacement (average cost: $11,376) was very important to buyers in the east, according to Remodeling, where homeowners recouped an average 96.3 percent of the cost. In the Midwest, the average return for the same improvement was just 71.1 percent. Look for spaces that already have plumbing hookups or are adjacent to rooms with running water to save on plumbing costs.

Leaky duct systems can cause a major loss in energy efficiency as they dump conditioned air in undesirable places; like your attic or underneath your house. That means that you are paying to heat or cool the outdoors. In addition, when your cool air goes out, hot humid air comes in through air gaps … Read more