A new kitchen remodel, fixing a leaky roof, adding some home insulation…the list goes on when it comes to ways a homeowner can update their old home. It can be a difficult challenge figuring out what remodeling project a homeowner should take on. Using Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, the Boston Globe looks into the various projects that Boston area homes can take on to get the best value.

And while it can be tempting to ignore boring-but-expensive maintenance upgrades such as a roof in favor of more exciting projects, that’s a mistake, says Hicks. When prioritizing your home improvement budget, 'fix the fundamentals first,' she says. 'If it’s a choice between adding a new deck and fixing the leaky roof, go with the roof.' Not that the deck is a bad idea. McGue says adding a good-sized deck in the right spot can mean a $1.50 return for every $1 invested in terms of resale value. The Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report estimated a new wood deck would recoup 72 percent of its cost at resale.
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