I often get asked, "What updates will help the sale of my home?" The response is always the same - "Paint and new floor coverings always provide the highest return." I think for every dollar invested, a seller will get the dollar back and then some. So if you're considering selling, start with new paint and floor coverings.
Another easy but often overlooked part of the home is the exterior landscaping. Part of the curb appeal of the house is the lawn, shrubs, trees, etc. Invest time into trimming, mowing, and generally sprucing up the flower beds. Buy a colorful flower pot and place it next to the front door. A neat, clean yard reflects pride of ownership, and this will give the buyer a perception the home has been taken care of.
If you'd like to do more than paint and floor coverings, move on to countertops. Often new laminate countertops can make a world of difference. Next, take a look at your window coverings. Would new, inexpensive blinds help?
Some defects are really expensive to repair or replace such as new concrete, windows, HVAC systems, roofing, plumbing fixtures, etc. I'd not recommend these major repairs unless they will seriously inhibit the sale process. But keep in mind, they'll affect the home's market value and you'll need to adjust the listing price downward to account for the future cost of repairs.
Finally, if you're going to sell, don't forget to stage the home! I always say "minimize to the maximum" and "depersonalize" the home. Buyers have a more positive experience looking at a home that is uncluttered and free of items unique to you.
For a more personalized analysis of your specific situation, please contact me and I'll meet up with you at your home and provide a free, no-obligation consultation.
All the best,