If you are getting your home ready to sell there are definitely some upgrades that are worth their costs in helping to attract more buyers, sell your home (hopefully) faster, make back most (or all) of your investment, or even increase the value of your home.
A state of the art kitchen
is one of the most popular renovations for earning back most, if not
all, of its money. Even if you don't fully gut and renovate,
certain upgrades --granite counters, hardwood or high-end tile floors,
premium appliances (especially stainless steel), islands and undermount
sinks will attract attention and can increase the value.
on the main floor, hardwood is perennially popular with buyers. If your
floors are refinished but worn, have them lightly sanded and resealed or if they're very beaten up consider replacing them.
is popular too (especially for bedrooms) but only if in top condition.
If it's worn, soiled or out of style, replace it with something more
contemporary. Neutral, lightly textured weaves such as wool “sisal” are in
fashion right now.
your ensuite is tired, it's worth upgrading, especially if you can
afford a few luxuries such as a whirlpool or air jet tub, separate
shower with a rainshower head, double sinks and/or heated floors. If you
don't have an ensuite, perhaps you can add one by stealing space
from the master bedroom or a room next to it.
If you live in an older home it can be simple carpentry job, but makes almost any older home seem more gracious.
lighting can be easily replaced with more contemporary styles such as
smaller cans or halogen track lights. Replace dingy overhead lighting
with chandeliers (vintage or modern), or install them in rooms that
don't have any.
A finished basement
kitchens and bathrooms, a stylishly finished basement is high on many
buyers' wish lists.
well-maintained garden with attractive plantings, hardscaping such as
brick or flagstone, and special features such as urns or paths, add an elegant
look to even a smaller home.
you can, add
a full front porch (or replace/repair the one you have if it isn't in
good condition) if not, a portico (a smaller porch that shelters the
front door) can be a worthy substitute. Or add a deck or patio in the
Adding a bedroom
four-bedroom house will demand a higher price than a three-bedroom,
even if they're both the same size. Consider dividing a large bedroom
into two small ones (as long as they're not too small, or it can have
the opposite effect) or consider converting an upstairs
den or sitting room.