If you want to get more out of your remodeling dollars, think curb appeal. Spending money on lower-cost projects that boost your home’s exterior appearance and, in turn curb appeal, can mean more money in your pocket at resale time, according to the Cost vs. Value Report, released by Remodeling Magazine, in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine.

For example, the report finds that updating your home’s siding with fiber-cement panels, replacing the garage door and installing insulated, vinyl windows can yield the biggest returns. On the other hand, flashier upgrades such as gourmet kitchens and luxury master suites can recoup less.

Read more about the report, including an audio extra in the Wall Street Journal article, “After the Remodel, It’s Payback Time.”

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