Not every remodel returns a fraction of its value, but when it comes to exterior work that lends itself to practicality, curb appeal, and return on investment, then there’s three specific ones that do the trick.
If you’re getting a new garage door, most homeowners have found a near 100% return on that investment. In other words, you get back what you put in. Specific updates to the door include not only a new overall door, but also the inclusion of an automated opener. Any garage that still requires the old lift and pull to get in is immediately seen as outdated.
Roofing is always a big consideration for buyers, especially when it comes to the specific timeline in which they’d need to consider replacing it. Ideally a roof should last you upwards of 30 years, but you may want to consider the idea of replacing it around the 25 year mark or so, especially if you’ve noticed any sort of damage, loose shingles, or pooling water. Selling your home with a newer roof (less than five years or so) is a solid marketing tactic, and should net you significant return as a result.
Last but not least, windows. Having worked with investors and contractors before, I’ve actually walked clients around a home as they count each and every window in need of replacement. True flips or gut jobs may have upwards of 30 windows or more in need of replacing, but most contractors know they will get back a majority of that as part of the sales price.