Not knowing your city and its market activities in detail, my first impulse is you bought 6 months ago and you put 10,000 in improvements, the first impulse answer is YES it is tooooooo early to even get your money back.
Normally under the very best of circumstances and a beautiful Seller's market you will not get your improvements back within 6 months and certainly not the full amount, so just there you will take a loss.
then you will have to pay closing costs, commission of working with a Realtor (which in this market is highly recommendable) and negotiations with the potential buyers as they know it is a buyers market lots to select from and when the sellers need to sell a lot to negotiate for, if not with you then with another seller!
So I think your very first step is to connect with a truly good and experienced Realtor in your area, so that not only will you get a professional's opinion of how well your home will show and compare to other similarly sized, and priced homes - in order to initiate a quick sale you want yours to be the best for the best price if possible. The Realtor will give you his opinion about that, will provide you with a detailed market analysis of what has sold very recently in your size, style, lot size, property upgrades and price range, and will also hopefully provide you with a general market overview of your area to let you see what you are competing with, depending on what that market overview shows you, you will be able to make an educated decision of whether you can compete with those other homes (are they bigger, better updated at the same price or not etc.)
If you are not currently committed to a local real estate agent, let me know and I would gladly refer you to a trusted Realtor/Partner/Colleague of mine in your area.
I wish you luck, it is a difficult economy and it is a difficult market and by the way it is also not easy to build your own home, make sure that also there you get as much good professional advice as possible before going into it!
Let me know if I can help you with a Realtor.
Edith YourRealtor4LIfe! Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients! And so do my trusted
Partner/Agent/Colleagues all over the US
PS by the way if you ever come across anyone you know who is moving to Chicago, the larger Chicagoland area or anywhere in Northern Illinois would you send them my way? thanks! I promise 1st class, detail oriented services here!