Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

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Cost estimates and most other data come from a survey of 29,000 Houzz users. To gauge the payoff in higher home values, we used estimates from Remodeling Magazine, which polls appraisers and others on hypothetical projects to gauge the potential payoff in increased home values. We used National Association of Home Builders estimates on how long improvements should last.