Unless your home is brand new, recently remodeled or in otherwise pristine condition, chances are that, when you have a realtor in to discuss listing it, you will be furnished with a list of repairs/improvements to make. No matter how much cash you have lying around, I would caution every seller to consider the return on investment of any improvement. For example, putting in a $100,000 in order to sell the house is not a good idea. Why? You might get $50,000-$65.000 more for the house than pre-update. That’s a pretty big loss to take voluntarily. Roof leaking? If so, get it repaired, because few buyers will be interested in buying a house with a leaky roof, plus, it may suggest that the property is in bad condition in general–that kind of blanket assumption by buyers can result in appreciable lower offers. So, there are certainly repairs that have good enough return on investment to merit doing. That said, what if you don’t have the cash to paint the entire interior or put new countertops in the bathrooms?
Make it as tidy and CLEAN as possible. Have the carpets cleaned. You can save some money by renting a carpet cleaning machine from a home center and doing it yourself. Lots of people don’t like carpets (and it may not be financially possible for you to tear yours out and start refinishing the hardwood floors underneath). Clean carpets will certainly go over better than dirty, stained ones, though. Power wash the exterior. Dirt, leaves, moss and general grime do not create your house’s best look. Clean (or hire someone to clean) the windows–dirty windows make the house look dingy and depressing. Make sure your gutters are clear–clogged gutters are the number one cause of roof leaks, aside from the fact that they make the property look ill-cared for. Finally, obviously, clean your house (or have it done professionally). No buyer ever preferred a dusty, cobweb-filled interior over a clean one.