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April 2015

2015 Cost vs. Value Report

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2015 Cost vs. Value Report

april-costvvalueSomething to consider when planning a project for your home is whether it will have a good Return on Investment (ROI) when it’s time to sell.

Each year, the Cost vs. Value report is compiled by Realtor Magazine and the National Association of Realtors and published by Remodeling Magazine, which looks at various projects and determines which ones get the biggest ROI.

This year, while most improvements’ ROI dipped, many of the exterior projects continue year after year to provide a great ROI for homeowners. The one providing the biggest bang for your buck? A Steel Entry Door with a whopping 101.8% ROI, more than the door installation costs!


Other high ROI improvements include:

  • Fiber Cement siding replacement (84.3%)
  • Wood Deck Addition (80.5%)
  • Roofing Replacement (71.6%)
  • Wood Replacement Windows (78.8%)

On the other end of the scale, there are improvements that homeowners should be aware that they will not recoup the money that they spent.

Some of these include:

  • Home Office Remodel (48.7%)
  • Sunroom Addition (48.5%)
  • Bathroom Addition (58.7%)

It seems like the exterior projects provide more bang for your buck when it comes to ROI. Perhaps it is the “Curb Appeal” aspect of these projects, but homeowners should be smart and do their research before planning a project. Fichtner Services has estimators on staff that can help you with this type of determination depending upon what your goals are for the project.

You can see the whole report here: //


Featured Project – Complete Exterior Makeover in Crownsville

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We recently finished a complete exterior makeover on this Crownsville waterfront home and detached garage. The home started out with old brown T-111 siding, outdated white shutters and a drab, stained roof. We started at the top and worked our way down, completely changing the look of this diamond in the rough.


The old roof was replaced with a Tamko Heritage architectural shingle in Oxford Gray.  We then changed out the siding with natural SBC cedar shingles in Cape Cod Gray and complementary ½ round shingles on the gable ends in Nantucket Gray.


We added new trim to the house using TruExterior composite trim, which was painted a bright white to accent the grays.  Lastly, to finish off the transformation, the gutters were replaced, also in a nice bright white.


The homeowner was very pleased with the transformation and had this to say about our company:

“I just wanted to let you, the staff and the workmen at Fichtner Services, know how pleased Virginia and I are with the results of everyone’s labor. Matching and working with the existing details on our house was no easy task. Your supervisors took the time to talk through the details with me and discuss various options. The painting was done neatly and cleanly, above and beyond my expectations. And as we all know, living in a construction site is no fun. However, the workman cleaned up their tools and picked up all debris every evening. We much appreciated it! Thank you for your efforts.”
– Chris White