Sounds like you are doing some great things to update your mother-in-laws house! I would suggest comparing the price of carpet versus hardwoods to see the difference in cost before making a decision. I have a great hardwood floor guy who is inexpensive and does a wonderful job. Hardwoods are more appealing to buyers than carpet in my opinion!
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Your call on the carpet/hardwoods. Shouldn't be too much of a difference going one way or the other.
As for the roof, have a roof guy come out and have a look. If it needs to be replaced, replace it. Whomever buys it is going to have a home inspection and they will catch this and have you replace it anyways. Worse yet, the potential buyers will get scared and bolt.
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We have a 5 step plan to get your home sold and one step of the plan is preparation. We send a staging professional to your home and they can help you pick out paint colors, fixtures etc. This will help you make the best choices for items that the current homebuyer is looking for.
As far as your question about hardwoods/carpet in my opinion it depends on what your sold comps had and what your competition has so I would not be able to make a recommendation without further research.
I would install a new roof and have a few referrals of companies that will not take you to the cleaners. Current lending guidelines do not like allowances for anything so best option is to go ahead and replace.
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With the housing market turning this year, buyers are very willing to bid higher on nicely finished homes. So, if you have everything fixed, including new hardwood floor, you'll get higher bids without having to raise your asking price.
Of course, you should still have a local Realtor visit the property to give you an assessment. That's the only way to give you a valid set of recommendations.