“Curb Appeal” – the aesthetic impact that home hunter feel when they see a house form the street – is a well-established factor for attracting potential buyers. It’s no wonder those remodeling projects that influence first impressions are providing the greatest return on investment for homeowners.

That’s the conclusion reached by Remodeling magazine in its 2018 Cost vs. Value report, which assesses return on investment (ROI) for twenty one popular home improvement projects. For instance, when it comes to “upscale” projects, a new garage door leads all projects with a 98.3 percent ROI, followed by vinyl window replacement (74.3 percent), wood window replacement (69.6 percent).

In the “mid range” project category, a manufactured stone veneer led the list with 97.1 percent ROI. A new steel entry door brings 91.3 percent, a deck addition comes in at 82.8 percent, and a minor kitchen remodel returns 81.8 percent.