Before you splurge on that dream kitchen or add an extra family room, make sure you'll add to the value of your home.

Even if you're not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it's an inevitable question when you consider remodeling: How much will this improvement add to the value of my home?

Surprisingly, much of the time the answer is not as much value as it cost to actually make the improvement.

Some home improvements will bring you more of a bang for the buck than others.

The top-ranking home improvement? A new front door, which adds 96.6% of the value you spend to your home, according to Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report for 2014.

Money.usnews.com recently published an article on this topic that explains in detail which improvements are worth making and which you should reconsider. Click here to read the full article.

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