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How much return on my investment can I expect from a remodel?

Author's Note

I've been steadily making improvements on my house since I bought it -- new furnace, new roof, hot water heater, garage door. Mostly I fix things as they break, so I haven't given much thought to remodeling for the sake of increasing value. Still, I think the basic advice in the article holds true -- don't try and make money by renovating; make renovations for yourself. Any extra value you get out of it is just gravy.

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