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See the average cost of 15 common projects and how much they can add to the value of your home.
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Minor kitchen remodel
Major kitchen remodel, midrange
Major kitchen remodel, upscale
Bathroom remodel, midrange
Bathroom remodel, upscale
Bathroom addition, midrange
Bathroom addition, upscale
Window replacement, midrange
Master bedroom suite, midrange
Master bedroom suite, upscale
Average job cost (2005 Natl Avg):
What will you get back?
% Cost recovered
Value at sale
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