Selling a home: Which improvements are most worthwhile?
What is the No. 1 improvement that is a good investment for homeowners to make when readying their home to sell?
Replacing their front door with an attractive steel door, according to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. That improvement - also the least expensive of the two dozen remodeling projects measured at $1,162 - has been ranked first for the past five years and is the only improvement project that brings back a return of more than 90 percent of its cost nationwide (96.6 percent).
Low initial cost combined with the positive effect on curb appeal is likely responsible for the high ranking, the report said.