Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

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Home Office

Average cost: $4,271

Home offices can be as simple as a desk and a computer in an empty room. For example, owners of houses worth less than $300,000 said they spent an average of $2,094 on their new home offices. Or, an office upgrade can be far more elaborate: Owners of million-dollar houses spent an average of $12,570. Remodeling a home office recoups 43 percent, the lowest of any project examined by Remodeling Magazine.