Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

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New Closet

Average cost: $5,201

For our purposes, upgrading a closet involves more than merely disposing of out-of-style clothes. When closets are added or replaced in a house these days, they're often quite elaborate, with 59 percent of homeowners hiring a contractor to help. Closet improvements are more popular in the Northeast and West than in the South and Midwest.