I can't emphaisze this more.
Home sellers always ask me what they can do to get the most money out of their sale. They ask if doing large renovations to kitchens and bathrooms is worth it or if other large upgrades like windows and mechanical components are worth it.
While kitchens and bathrooms sell homes and new windows and mechanical is a major plus for a buyer, not everyone has the means to drop $10,000 - $60,000 upgrading their home. Especially to just turn around and sell it.
The biggest thing I tell homeowners is to KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN GOOD REPAIR.
First off, it's just more pleasent being in a clean home that's taken care of and looked after. Your friends and family will thank you.
But really, it allows you to get the absolut most amount of money when you do decide to sell.
I've found over the years that buyers are totally fine with a dated house as long as it's cleand and has been taken care of. Some actually prefer an original home to a renovated home!
Literally thousands of dollars are left on the table every day because a home seller didn't take the time during their ownership to continuously clean their home or fix the little things that were broken.
The next advantage to keeping your home in good shape, is the ability to make a move whenever your find something you like!
If your dream home hits the market today, but you;ve got weeks of cleaning or repairs to do at home, sorry to say it but you're either going to miss your opportunity to get into that new home, or, you're going to rush getting your home on ther market and leave thousands on the table while buyers beat you up on price over all the little deficiencies in your home.
Long story long, regaular maintenance goes a LONG way when it comes to protecting and increasing the value of your largest investment.
Put the work in!