Replacing a roof, installing a pool, remodeling the kitchen: There are certain home upgrades you know will cost you. But then there are the smaller ones—the ones often guaranteed to yield a high ROI down the road, if only you invest a little now—that can creep up, especially amid the pandemic, where supply chain shortages and inflation have made pricing even harder to predict. Suddenly, that infamous Lucille Bluth quote (“I mean, it’s one banana, Michael. What could it cost? $10?”) feels eerily applicable to anything you’d find at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
In fact, when HomeAdvisor polled more than 900 people this past October on home maintenance costs, most underestimated three projects in particular. And we’d be willing to bet you’ve been considering tackling at least one of them in the year ahead. Before you do, here’s what you should know.