Reallyalldone,Thanks for the link. From IRS Pub 523: "Your home's adjusted basis does not include the cost of any improvements that are no longer part of the home." Examples in 523 also very useful.BTW, I'm aware of the $500k exclusion. Been here 10 years, plan on staying another 10 at least, so that much appreciation is a real possibility. And I'd rather not wade through 20 or 30 years worth of receipts when I sell, just easier to keep a list as I go.Whether appliances stay with the house or not varies regionally: when I accompanied my sister on her house-hunting expedition in Chesapeake, VA, I was astonished to see house after house with no washer, dryer, or refrigerator. Here (MD) they always convey. Anyway, having just paid a plumber $600 to hook up my gas dryer (solid pipes), and run the rigid ductwork through a hole in my foundation wall, I consider the dryer to be as permanently attached as the built-in dishwasher or any of my lighting fixtures. So I have to think some more about whether the Maytags are capital improvements. Will save receipts and decide later. Meanwhile, the Amanas are definitely out.Thanks to everyone for your help!
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