The study doesn’t just look at remodels, but at additions as well, meaning adding a completely new section to a house. The addition of a midrange master suite can cost more than $175,000 and recoups just over half that when the time comes to sell. But before you sell, you’d be enjoying a pretty luxe new bedroom. The Remodeling magazine estimate assumes you’ve added a walk-in closet, dressing area and bathroom with double-bowl vanity, freestanding soaker tub and a separate ceramic tile shower.
4. Upscale major kitchen remodel
National average cost: $158,015
Average cost recouped: 52.5%
If you love to cook or entertain in your kitchen, you may want to splurge on an upscale remodel — but note that it will cost more than $158,000. While you might not be doing it for resale value, you’ll certainly enjoy the perks, which include high-end appliances, custom cabinets, stone countertops and new lighting.