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

2.  Bathrooms

3.  Flooring

4.  Paint

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.