There are only a handful of improvements that will give you a positive return on your investment.
Things like replacing a roof or finishing a basement might seem like a good idea. I am going to say it how it is. These will not give you all of your investment back.
What are the top five improvements? Glad you asked! 1. Kitchens
5. Finishes - lights, window coverings, hardware, etc.
Pretty much all of them are cosmetic ones. This all came from a study done by the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC). So this is NOT someone's opinion, it was a study based on a large volume of appraisals.