So many people have wondered if remodeling an outdated kitchen, or replacing a worn deck is going to get a good return on their investment when they go forward to resale.  A good rule of thumb is:  If you are NOT planning on reselling within the not too distant future, go ahead and make those changes and enjoy them, so long as you realize the possibility of recovering the estimated amounts below. 

Selected 2007 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:

Deck addition -- 85.4%

Major kitchen remodel -- 78.1%

Bathroom remodel -- 78.3%

New roof -- 67.4%

Family room addition -- 68.6%

Master suite addition -- 69%

Source: 2007 Cost vs. Value Report