"Kitchen and bath remodels offer the best pay-backs at sale time."
Every year surveys confirm that homeowners get a better return on kitchen and bath remodeling than on any other home-improvement project. Although you may not get 100% of your investment back when you sell your home, kitchen and bath upgrades will help sell your home more quickly, and you'll get to enjoy the improvements until then.
It makes sense to splurge on luxuries you can afford if you plan to live in your home for a while. If you'll only be there a few years, however, maximize the return on your investment by choosing good-looking, less-expensive alternatives to high-priced finishes and appliances.