10 most valuable home improvements

Front door replacement

Replacing your front door leads our list for the second year. A midrange steel door, specifically one with a glass panel and factory-finished paint, costs $1,162 and adds $1,122 to your home's value, 96.6% of the cost.
                                    
Keep in mind, that’s an average price — you can likely find a standard-size front door for substantially less that will still improve your home’s curb appeal as well as help improve its energy efficiency.

Metal doors are typically more affordable than fiberglass doors, which only recouped 70.8% of their cost in the survey.

Before you begin your door replacement project, check out our 10 smart moves to get top value.

Source: Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvalue.com).