If you plan on remodeling your home in Berks County, keep in mind that not all home improvements bring the same return on your investment when you sell your home.

So where do you start in your improvement endeavors so that you get the most return for your home in Berks County? Let's start with some numbers.

Here are the best home remodeling projects that can build equity:

New Roof

If you have leaks in the ceiling, a new roof should be a top priority.

The cost: $7,500

The return: 109% at $8,150

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout.
  • The sun’s shining through your attic.
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

Hardwood Floors

It's hard to go wrong with hardwood floors. Refinishing your current hardwood floors is a must. And if you add a hardwood floor, that's also a winner.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000

New Garage Door

A new garage door is also a great way to add values to a home as it boosts curb appeal and is relatively inexpensive.

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality.

Better Insulation

Insulation can also add value to a home, especially if it's older.

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

New Siding

New vinyl siding is a great way to change your home's color and never have to paint again.

Home buyers in Berks County might not like the idea of vinyl siding, especially if they had vinyl siding a long time ago.

But today’s vinyl is far better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties.

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option at about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000, it's a higher quality option.

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