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Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017? With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value. Looking at the 24 most tracked projects (projects consistently tracked for the last six years), their payback for 2017 was also 64.3 cents—only three-quarters of a penny higher than 2016 projections. The most common statement I hear from home sellers is that they made some home improvements to their home...and, expect to get that much back as an increase in the sales price. This article clearly shows that virtually every home improvement does NOT add an equivalent amount to the value of the home. The intangible, of course, is the satisfaction a seller has received from the improvement to their home.