Buyers generally seek the least expensive home in the best neighborhood within their price range. Upgrading your home to stand out on the block is not necessarily going to add value.
For example if neighbors are all 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,000 square feet additions that make your home into a 4 bedroom 3 bath, 3,000 square foot house is going to price you out of the market.
Improvements should make it show well and fit well in the neighborhood. You don’t want to put good money into your home to find out you can’t get it back.
You are much better off making cosmetic changes like landscaping and painting. The first impression of your home should be a good one.
You might want to have a home inspection to see what may need fixing. Anything a buyer finds during their own inspection may affect the bottom price anyway.
Your home should look good enough to attract a buyer. Leave the major upgrades to the new owner.
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