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Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

Photograph by Joseph Devenney/Getty Images

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New Siding

Average cost: $7,825

Siding is most popular in the Northeast and Midwest, and least popular in the South and West. About a fifth of survey respondents managed to add or replace their siding without hiring a contractor. Replacing siding recoups 70 percent of its cost, according to Remodeling Magazine estimates.