10 Worst Home Renovations for Your Money

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Backyard patio (midrange)

Average cost: $56,906

Return on investment: 55.2%

f your home is a popular gathering place, building an outdoor sitting area seems like a reasonable expense.

Fit for entertaining, a midrange backyard patio includes a 20-by-20-foot flagstone patio and glass entry door into the home. On the patio, an outdoor kitchen has a gas grill, storage, sink and mini-refrigerator. A cedar pergola, gas fire pit and four all-weather deck chairs complete the project.

It’s all fun and games until you put the house up for sale. Don’t expect to get back more than $31,430 of the $56,906 you spent on your beefed-up backyard.

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