2019 Cost vs resale value survey

Figuring out how to budget for a home renovation project is a big mystery for many homeowners. The fear of unknown costs and questions about future resale value can be cause for many people to delay a needed project indefinitely.

Because there are so many factors involved in an addition or remodeling project, it can be difficult for a builder to provide homeowners with an accurate sense of what it might cost. There is one resource, however, that can be used as a fair starting point in thinking about a project’s cost, and potential resale value down the road.

Every year Remodeling magazine does an in-depth survey of the cost of construction, by region, and the associated resale value of that construction work. It is the Cost vs Resale Value Report.

These are generic numbers, remember, so custom design can further raise the cost. From my own experience their cost figures are fairly accurate, with an occasional estimate seeming slightly high. Where these costs may sometimes be conservative, it is always better to be happily surprised when a builders estimate comes in lower than expected, than the other way around.

Following are a couple excerpts from the study, but check here for the 2019 PDF Cost vs Value report for the Boston area.

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2019 Cost vs. Value Report

TREND: Returns on investment for big ticket remodeling projects inch upward

“While the overall changes since last year are modest, the 2019 Cost vs. Value report reflects the robust market that the remodeling industry has enjoyed over the past year. All projects covered in the report show an increase in value over the previous year, as reported by real-estate professionals in 136 metro areas. But costs have correspondingly increased—and in some cases, the increases are significant, likely due to tariffs that have roiled commodity markets. This has led to slight downturns in the percentage of costs recouped for a number of projects, but overall returns are up slightly compared to last year.

…year-over-year changes in the percentage of costs recouped from upscale projects have increased at a greater rate, suggesting that buyers of existing homes are willing to invest a little more for opulence these days. 

As in years past, the national averages for exterior replacements outperformed those of larger discretionary remodeling projects. [Think curb appeal.] Garage door replacement is ranked first, continuing a two-year streak of returning on average nearly 100% of the project cost at resale.”

Trends in construction are ever fluctuating, however, as are the recouped value of a construction project. Longevity is a factor that lies outside the scope of these cost vs resale value studies. The longer you plan to stay in your newly renovated home, the greater its value becomes—both monetarily with inflation, and experientially, as you have longer to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Source: https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-valu...

resale value: remodeling cost vs return

New England breakdown by renovation and addition types “For the first time in six years, the overall average cost-value ratio has improved, reaching 60.6%. Cost-recouped percentages were up for all 35 projects in the survey, a complete turnaround from the 2011–12 report, when percentages dropped in all but three projects, some precipitously. For the third year running, lower construction costs had a strong influence on the improved market picture, although stabilizing resale values also played an important role. Construction costs had risen rapidly between 2005 and 2007, then at a diminishing rate through the early part of the recent recession, while resale value remained fairly stable… When costs finally dropped in 2010–11, it was by a whopping 10.4%, but resale values slid even more (15.8%)… [and in 2013] another big drop (6.0%) in construction costs…
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