A long time customer asked me the other day where the best place to start if they wanted to update their house and get there money back when they decided to sell. I always recommend that they start in the kitchen. Upgrade the counters to granite, Silestone or Corian. Upgrade the appliances to stainless or black. Upgrade the cabinets to light oak or maple or white. Put hardwoods on the floors.
Next I would go to the bathrooms and get rid of the harvest gold or avocado green tile and tub. Put in new tile, granite or corian counter and a new tub or shower.
These are the best areas to start your upgrades and get your money back when you sell. Good luck!