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Common Remodeling Costs in San Francisco...and Their High ROI

San FranciscoIt's no secret that San Francisco is an expensive place. In fact, San Francisco is the second most expensive U.S. city to live in after New York.

Of course, housing is a major factor and, unfortunately for many homeowners, building and remodeling costs are often higher than those throughout the United States. For example, according to the Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine and REALTOR® Magazine that we mentioned before, the average cost for a minor kitchen remodel across the country is just under $19,000. In the San Francisco Bay Area, that same project comes in at about $24,000. A major kitchen remodel across the country costs $55,000, but in San Francisco it's $68,500. Ouch.

The good news is, the return on investment and recouped costs of home remodeling projects is through the roof. According to the report, you won't just make your money back when it comes time to sell, you'll actually get more than what you put into it.

So where to get the most bang for your buck? Here are the top 10 home remodeling project in San Francisco where you could get a high return on your investment:

1. Deck addition with wood

  • Cost: $12,400
  • Costs Recouped: 177.6%

2. Entry door replacement with steel

  • Cost: $1,382 Costs
  • Recouped: 174.2%

3. Minor kitchen remodel

  • Cost: $24,000
  • Costs Recouped: 146.6%

4. Garage door replacement

  • Cost: $1,809
  • Costs Recouped: 144%

5. Bathroom remodel

  • Cost: $21,600
  • Costs Recouped: 136.5%

6. Entry door replacement with fiberglass

  • Cost: $3,000
  • Costs Recouped: 136.1%

7. Grand entrance with fiberglass

  • Cost: $8,000
  • Costs Recouped: 137.7%

8. Attic bedroom

  • Cost: $65,500
  • Costs Recouped: 135.2%

9. Window replacement with wood

  • Cost: $1,382
  • Costs Recouped: 133.8%

10. Siding replacement with fiber-cement

  • Cost: $17,000
  • Costs Recouped: 129.2%
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Tags: Bay Area, Cost of an Addition, Remodeling on a Budget, Remodel 101