An interesting result of a survey of home improvements conducted by Practical Homeowner magazine was the variance in the choice of people in different cities around the country.
For instance, while an interior face lift was rated first in Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City on the basis of how it might improve the value of a house, it was far down the list in some other cities. In Seattle, it ranked 10th on a list of 10 such home improvements.
What ranked first in Seattle? The installation of skylights, not even mentioned on other lists.
Exterior painting got the nod in Los Angeles, central air conditioning in Philadelphia and a swinging glass patio door in San Francisco.