Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

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New Living or Family Room

Average cost: $7,522

Those with children were about a third more likely to be planning to upgrade their family room or living room or add one on the house. While a new couch or a more fabulous decor may not impress home buyers, an addition on the house recoups 60 percent. For Houzz users who do add onto their homes, the average addition size was about 250 square feet.