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Most home improvement projects (other than cosmetic "staging" at the time of sale) lack any measurable payback.

There are a few home improvements that have a >100% payoff of the expense:
-Your kitchen is from the era of disco and stagflation, and you update it
-All the homes in your area have two bathrooms and you have one, so you add a bathroom
-*Maybe* adding a deck, if you do the right kind for your house and neighborhood
-Correcting something that's the single thing that's seriously wrong with your house

Everything else is a money sink, so you'd better be getting some enjoyment out of it because you're not getting all your money back.
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