10 Projects That Bring More Bang for the Buck

Please wait while the video loads...
About This Video
David Lupberger goes over the projects that return the most value for their cost in 2009, according to Remodeling Magazine. (Check Remodeling Magazine for regional, state and city data.)
Rate This Video
Very PoorPoorFairGoodVery Good
Overall Rating (101)
CommentsComments on "10 Projects That Bring More Bang for the Buck"
What major projects are you considering for 2009? Share below. 


Your first name, last initial and location will be displayed with your comment.
Sephora R. from Norfolk, VA on 02/06/2009 at 07:14 PM MT
Report Abuse
Remodeling my house, slowly, roomy by room
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 4 of 13 Liked this Comment
caba c. from Allentown, PA on 02/07/2009 at 09:47 AM MT
Report Abuse
i want to take out the carpet and put wood floors
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 18 of 22 Liked this Comment
wilson m. from Manchester, NH on 02/08/2009 at 08:11 AM MT
Report Abuse
Yes,Addition a master room in my home, but I Like to know if you do free estimate
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 4 of 6 Liked this Comment
John H. from Glenolden, PA on 03/02/2009 at 08:24 AM MT
Report Abuse
The third attempt must be the charm. The first two tries were almost in vain. I was planning to comment that I couldn't get the video to start. Between logging in & writing this comment, IT WORKS! Second attempt was better than the first, by manually moving the "HAND" cursor. Any comments that I have heard, Rate kitchens & bathrooms as #1 & #2, certainly not a wood deck or vinyl siding!
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 2 of 4 Liked this Comment
Sandra T. from Brooklyn, NY on 03/10/2009 at 12:40 AM MT
Report Abuse
This video provided good sound information but too short the volume needs to be improved as it was too low. But thanks for the information
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 2 of 4 Liked this Comment
Bunni B. from Vancouver, WA on 07/12/2009 at 08:08 PM MT
Report Abuse
Replace countertops /back splash /sink in already nice kitchen.
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 5 of 8 Liked this Comment
joseph r. from Daly city, CA on 08/21/2009 at 06:10 AM MT
Report Abuse
i'm looking forward to find a helpful tips in sharing peoples others ideas especially in Home Improvements, and i found it here, it has everything you need to learned from pros. and not so pros, so i say great job and more power...
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 3 of 4 Liked this Comment
luz s. from Elizabeth, NJ on 04/23/2010 at 07:40 AM MT
Report Abuse
I just had my kitchen remodeled and my next project would be my deck and yard but that 's money so I'll have to wait a little for that
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 2 of 3 Liked this Comment
Clark & Rachel C. from Chesapeake, VA on 04/27/2010 at 11:00 AM MT
Report Abuse
Solar window film is a GREAT upgrade for your windows at home and work. Really helps conserve energy which saves me lots of money. There's a 30% tax credit for getting it done as well. Not to mention it helps stop the fading and creates a more comfortable atmosphere. Gives me privacy too!! Much more affordable than replacement windows for sure. Such a great product.
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 3 of 4 Liked this Comment
Chris t. from Woodland hills, CA on 04/28/2010 at 06:27 PM MT
Report Abuse
can't decide between repairing/redoing the 30 yr old redwood deck or remodeling the attached garage to add space. the garage and the driveway are in the best part of the lot (lots of sun, away from the street, a great place to play, etc..) but if we remodel the garage where will we park? we are on a hill with lots of Oak trees that cannot be touched- not that I would want to touch them. what a pre summer question... ...
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 2 of 3 Liked this Comment
MURIEL B. from Philadelphia, PA on 02/09/2011 at 01:47 PM MT
Report Abuse
i need a free estimate
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down 1 of 2 Liked this Comment
Video Transcript for "10 Projects That Bring More Bang for the Buck"
David Lupberger on the Best 2009 Home Projects to Return on Their Investment: Hi, I'm David Lupberger with ServiceMagic.com. In spite of the economy, homeowners are still updating or remodeling their homes... it maybe easier to sell, or just increase their own enjoyment of it. Today, we're going to look at what Remodeling Magazine list of the top ten remodeling projects that carry the most value in 2009.

Lupberger: 10. Finishing the basement. At number 10 on the list - finishing the basement. Tired of using hundreds of square feet for nothing but storage and giving your furnace a nice, big room to relax in? Finishing a basement adds a ton of square footage so you can relax with your family.

Lupberger: 9. Adding a composite deck. At # 9, if your house is missing something out back, then consider adding a deck made of composite materials, such as Trex.

Lupberger: 8. Attic bedroom. Not every attic is going to be large enough, but if your house has the space... adding an extra bedroom in your attic comes in at # 8 on this year's list.

Lupberger: 7. Bathroom remodel. Remodeling a bathroom always tops the list of the most popular jobs submitted to ServiceMagic.com. So, it's no surprise at #7 to see remodeling a bathroom on the list of projects that have the most value.

Lupberger: 6. Major Kitchen Remodel ($50-60k). The focal point of any house is nearly always the kitchen. A major renovation to an outdated kitchen can still bring a lot of value to your home and certainly makes it more appealing to potential buyers, if you're looking to sell.

Lupberger: #5 and #4. Window replacement (vinyl and wood). Some projects that have the most value aren't exactly things that a lot of people want to do. But replacing old, leaky windows in your home with new vinyl windows is # 5 on the list ... and wood-framed windows is # 4.

Lupberger: 3. Minor kitchen remodel ($20k range). Project 3 is the "less is more" approach to kitchen remodeling. Instead of gutting your entire kitchen and replacing everything with high-end materials and products, look at doing a smaller kitchen remodel.

Lupberger: 2. Vinyl siding. If your siding is old, consider the value of replacing it with new, vinyl siding. It may not only enhance the appearance of your home... but it comes in as the second-best project at bringing you the most bang for your buck.

Lupberger: 1. Adding a wood deck. Finally... the number one project that brings the most value for the cost - adding a wood deck. Real estate professionals say it adds value by increasing the amount of space you or the future owners of your home can use and enjoy.

Lupberger: This year, more than ever, homeowners will be looking for the best professional available to make sure their projects are done right. To find prescreened and customer-rated professional in your area for any project, go to ServiceMagic.com - Your Home Improvement Connection.
Ideas & Inspiration (34 videos)
Play How Much Does Solar Cost? Part I
How Much Does Solar ...
David Lupberger is installing solar panels ...
Comments 27
(4:44)   
Play How Much Does Solar Cost? Part II
How Much Does Solar ...
David Lupberger is installing solar panels ...
Comments 14
(3:35)   
Play 'Green' Paint is More Than Just a Color Choice
'Green' Paint is More ...
Brandi LeMae of VaST Architecture goes over ...
Comments 2
(2:43)   
Play 'Green' Flooring Options
'Green' Flooring ...
Everything from carpet to hardwood. Learn ...
Comments 6
(2:35)   
Play Learn How to Green Your Countertops
Learn How to Green ...
Looking for an upgrade to your kitchen? ...
Comments 1
(2:44)   
Play Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal
Increase Your Home's ...
It's the simple things that we overlook. In ...
Comments 1
(2:33)   
Play Air Conditioner Maintenance
Air Conditioner ...
If you planning on scheduling an air ...
Comments 1
(1:27)   
Play Low-Flow Lawn Watering
Low-Flow Lawn ...
Check out two forms of low-flow irrigation ...
Comments 0
(3:28)   
Play Why Hire a Landscaper?
Why Hire a ...
Landscaping's simple, right? Seems like you ...
Comments 0
(1:20)   
Play What Are the Benefits of Xeriscaping?
What Are the Benefits ...
Xeriscaping is a way to bring beautiful ...
Comments 0
(2:16)   
Play Three Tips for your Flower Garden
Three Tips for your ...
If you have a nice flower garden out front ...
Comments 8
(3:26)   
Play How to Clean and Stain a Deck
How to Clean and ...
How much do you know about deck cleaning and ...
Comments 9
(03:29)   
Play 10 Projects That Bring More Bang for the Buck
10 Projects That ...
David Lupberger goes over the projects that ...
Comments 13
(02:52)   
Play Garage Remodeling
Garage Remodeling
David Lupberger has some good advice about ...
Comments 2
(02:15)   
Play Keep Your House Warmer and Your Checkbook Heavier
Keep Your House ...
Some things you can do yourself, but others ...
Comments 2
(04:25)   
Play How To Save on Energy Bills
How To Save on Energy ...
David Lupberger has valuable tips on making ...
Comments 5
(01:54)   
Play Installing Your New HDTV and Home Theater
Installing Your New ...
Are you sure you installed your Hi-Def TV ...
Comments 6
(02:42)   
Play Finishing Your Basement
Finishing Your ...
Finishing your basement could mean adding ...
Comments 7
(03:08)   
Play 5 Tips for Your Outdoor Space
5 Tips for Your ...
When it becomes the time of year for warm ...
Comments 5
(03:09)   
Play Is Your Neighbors Grass Greener?
Is Your Neighbors ...
Make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. ...
Comments 8
(02:58)   
Play Bathroom Remodeling Ideas, Tips
Bathroom Remodeling ...
David Lupberger reviews some trendy bathroom ...
Comments 10
(02:53)   
Play Easy Kitchen Updates
Easy Kitchen Updates
Want to renovate your kitchen without ...
Comments 1
(4:26)   
Play Home Organizing Tips for Garage & Home Office
Home Organizing Tips ...
Over-cluttered garage? Messy home office? ...
Comments 6
(02:53)   
Play Cost vs Value Remodeling Ideas
Cost vs Value ...
David Lupberger reviews the top 5 cost vs ...
Comments 4
(04:00)   
Play Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights
Hanging Outdoor ...
With the Holidays comes elaborate outdoor ...
Comments 2
(2:09)   
Play Man Caves & Man Rooms
Man Caves & Man Rooms
Man caves and man rooms are in hot demand as ...
Comments 25
(03:06)   
Play How to Winterize  Your Home
How to Winterize ...
When winter comes around, it's good to be ...
Comments 1
(03:12)   
Play HOA Problems & Complaints
HOA Problems & ...
Having HOA problems? Your HOA complaints ...
Comments 131
(03:10)   
Play Luxury Master Bedroom Suites
Luxury Master Bedroom ...
Add some pizzazz to your master bedroom by ...
Comments 4
(03:59)   
Play Your Neighbor's Messy Yard
Your Neighbor's Messy ...
Have a bad neighbor? Your neighbor's messy ...
Comments 5
(02:57)   
Play Outdoor Kitchen Ideas & Custom Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchen Ideas ...
Outdoor kitchen ideas come to life as David ...
Comments 2
(03:36)   
Play Hiring a Moving Company & Finding Movers
Hiring a Moving ...
Hiring a moving company might seem like an ...
Comments 1
(06:02)   
Play Home Remodeling Projects & Tips
Home Remodeling ...
Knowing what to expect will keep your ...
Comments 0
(02:46)   
Play Home Inspection Tips & Problems
Home Inspection Tips ...
David Lupberger offers some home inspection ...
Comments 64
(04:29)   
Do-It-Yourself (24 videos)
Play Tips to Install and Cut Shoe Molding
Tips to Install and ...
My Fix It Up Life knows shoe molding! Use it ...
Comments 4
(2:52)   
Play How to Make Your Walls Look New Again
How to Make Your ...
Make your walls look like new again. My Fix ...
Comments 6
(2:20)   
Play How to Keep Your Dryer Working Its Best
How to Keep Your ...
Some folks only clean out their dryer's lint ...
Comments 10
(1:32)   
Play What to do in a Plumbing Emergency
What to do in a ...
Do you know what to do in a plumbing ...
Comments 3
(1:30)   
Play What to do When You Lose Power
What to do When You ...
Do you know what to do when you lose power ...
Comments 0
(0:51)   
Play How to Replace a Sprinkler Head
How to Replace a ...
It's not as hard as you think (well, it ...
Comments 0
(2:08)   
Play Don't Stop at Stopping Your Mail
Don't Stop at ...
David Lupberger shows you how to keep your ...
Comments 11
(1:08)   
Play How to Replace a Light Fixture
How to Replace a ...
Replacing a light fixture is an easier task ...
Comments 0
(2:55)   
Play Quick Tip -- You Can Save Your Favorite Lamp
Quick Tip -- You Can ...
In this short video, learn how you can save ...
Comments 2
(1:10)   
Play How to Change a Light Switch
How to Change a Light ...
ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE POWER IS OFF! That's ...
Comments 4
(2:48)   
Play How to Tape Drywall
How to Tape Drywall
We've shown you how to repair a hole in your ...
Comments 4
(3:32)   
Play How to Take Care of Your Deck
How to Take Care of ...
If you want to spend spring and summer days ...
Comments 3
(2:52)   
Play How to Keep Your Basement from Flooding
How to Keep Your ...
How do you keep your basement from flooding? ...
Comments 2
(0:56)   
Play How to Paint Exterior Wood Trim
How to Paint Exterior ...
Need to do some painting around the house? ...
Comments 1
(4:21)   
Play How to Change Your Furnace Filter
How to Change Your ...
Ensure you have the best quality air in your ...
Comments 5
(3:25)   
Play How to Extend the Life of Your Garage Door Opener
How to Extend the ...
Learn how easy it is to maintain and extend ...
Comments 2
(1:57)   
Play Home Insulation Tips
Home Insulation Tips
Seeing a spike in your heating bill? Mark ...
Comments 1
(1:48)   
Play How to Texture Drywall
How to Texture ...
Have you had too make repairs to a wall in ...
Comments 0
(2:29)   
Play Getting It Straight- Tips on How to Hang Pictures
Getting It Straight- ...
We have all hung pictures on the wall by ...
Comments 0
(3:08)   
Play Don't Hang Your Ceiling Fan Without Proper Bracing
Don't Hang Your ...
If you're hanging your own ceiling fan, ...
Comments 1
(02:32)   
Play How to Repair a Leaky Toilet
How to Repair a Leaky ...
Tired of listening to the toilet run? Get ...
Comments 5
(06:11)   
Play How to Clean Your Gutters and Prevent Gutter Clog
How to Clean Your ...
There is nothing worse than a clogged gutter ...
Comments 2
(01:55)   
Play How to Patch Drywall
How to Patch Drywall
It's not as hard as you think! Home ...
Comments 3
(02:33)   
Play How to Prep & Paint Exterior Siding
How to Prep & Paint ...
There's more to painting than matching a ...
Comments 2
(03:05)   
Working With Contractors 101 (18 videos)