Northern Virginia’s Remodeling Projects That Pay Best in 2014

blueprintRemodeling Magazine has released their annual report for home remodeling projects, 2014 Cost vs. Value .   In the Northern VA area, the value of remodeling has increased in almost every category included in the study and is a further indication of a strong real estate market.  More remodeling projects are now returning a net profit to home owners, which has not been the case in years past, which will improve the market and help our overall economy.  Northern Virginia homeowners should keep this list in mind when the time comes to decide which home improvement project to tackle next.  The day will come for every home to go on the market to sell and the right planning will be rewarded with a good return on investment.  The only caveat I will issue is that every home, location, and condition is unique so please consult a knowledgeable and experienced REALTOR for advice. (Insert plug here for my services)

Over the last decade a predominant trend can be seen in the top home remodel projects in Northern Va.  As you can see by the list below most of the items in the top 10 are replacement items that improve a homes exterior.  This reinforces the fact that second only to location, Curb Appeal  ranks high to home buyers in Northern Va.

Curb appeal alone does not bring on a fast sale at top dollar or an exceptional return on investment; homebuyers are always looking for an updated kitchen and/or bathrooms as well.  A home with spectacular curb appeal but has a 1975 kitchen and harvest gold bathrooms may face challenges on the open market.  This is the driving factor of kitchen and bathroom improvements making cameos in the top 10 projects over the years. The reason these projects do not normally take the top spot for Cost vs. Value is that these projects can become very expensive. These rooms are the places that home owners put more of their own personal tastes in design and layout which can drive up costs hence driving the projects lower on the list of monetary returns.

Here is the top 10 home remodeling projects for the highest return on investment. 

Project Type

Finish Level

Job Cost (avg)


Bathroom Remodel




Attic Bedroom Remodel




Siding Replacement (vinyl)




Minor Kitchen Remodel




Siding (foam back vinyl)




Garage Door Replacement




Deck Addition (wood)




Garage Door Replacement




Siding Replacement (cement)




Entry Door Replacement




(The report covers all of the Washington DC metro are including the Northern Va area, for the full report click here. )

A FamilyThis report should be considered by homeowners when deciding on what home improvement projects to undertake in Northern VA, but should not be the foremost influence. A primary residence is a “home” first and an investment second. The most important return on investment when considering which home improvement projects to pick is the enjoyment that one will get from the improvement. This is especially important with homeowners that plan on residing in a property for a long time to come. The home is our castle and the enjoyment and memories we make in it cannot be measured by money alone so make that next home improvement project one that best improves your life.

New Listings In Northern Virginia

  1. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,158 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 6
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,193 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,211 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 5
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 4
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,256 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,308 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Days on market: 6
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 4
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,228 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,699 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 6
  7. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 2,604 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 5
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,349 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,760 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Days on market: 6
  9. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,384 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Days on market: 6
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,499 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 6
  11. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,490 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,499 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 6
  12. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,155 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.60 ac
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 3
  13. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,456 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,952 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 5
  14. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,534 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,745 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 6
  15. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 15,512 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 4

See all New Listings in Northern VA.
(all data current as of 10/17/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.


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