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Three home improvement projects that offer a great return on investment

Manufactured stone veneers offer some of the best returns on home renovation investment. (StatePoint)

(StatePoint) Early spring presents an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and spruce up your home’s exterior. But if you have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize the focus of your efforts.

For guidance, consider Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, which shows that not all remodeling projects are equal.

Here are three spring renovation ideas that will give your property not only a facelift, but offer a great return on investment to boot.

Garage door

National data from the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report shows that the project that delivers the highest return on investment is a new upscale garage door. This is a good choice for those looking for better noise control, greater security, curb appeal and convenience.

Newer offerings relying on smart home technology can synch with your mobile device to offer conveniences like voice control and notifications when you’ve left the garage door open.

Manufactured stone veneer

In the number two slot for sound renovation investments, according to the same report, is manufactured stone veneer, which is a great way to add visual interest to your home exterior (or an interior room, for that matter).

Be sure to select products that mimic the texture and color of natural stone. Manufacturers such as ProVia offer selections that are molded and cast to look like stone harvested from various U.S. geographic regions and are offered in a variety of style and color palettes. A visualizer tool, found at ProVia.com, allows you to upload a photo of your home to see how the stone will look on your exterior.

Entry door replacement

Your home’s entry door is one of the first things prospective homebuyers will notice. The Cost vs. Value report named a new steel door as the third highest cost recouped. However, steel or fiberglass are both good choices for materials when it comes to functionality, durability, energy efficiency, security and versatility in style.