New Kitchen is absolutely number one, followed by updated or new bathrooms. Then the pack gets a little more crowded but some of the value additions would be new paint, tile, laminate, and wood floors help. Even new carpet. Building out the backyard, great landscaping, a usable outdoor kitchen, new HVAC, new or updated roof, new windows if the home is a bit older, I could go on and on.
Kitchens I think I are tops. A great kitchen can make other missing elements seem like not such a huge deal.
Don't go too cheap on the laminate - it will sound cheap when you walk on it and easily gouge. Depending on the price-point of your home, I'd opt for a real wood product fused to a compressed base. Pre-stained will be cheapest/easiest. Some of the real wood toppers can even be sanded and re-stained down the road. If you have big dogs with sharp claws - maybe not a great idea.
Also, large 2'x2' square travertine or ceramic tiles can offer a similar new look and feeling to a home. Just be warned tile can be cold to the feet and harder on little kids and their falls.
Just be sure to pick a nice neutral color that buyers will like, and blend it nicely with bedroom and bathroom flooring.
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Paint offers a low cost way to freshen up the look of your home. On the expensive end, new windows, and appliances and also go a long way towards adding curb appeal.
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For the interior, kitchen first, bathrooms second, unless they're really dated. A great kitchen can sell a home that's just OK. But, know what the values are in your neighborhood and choose the finishes wisely. High end finishes can be a bad investment in many cases if house values aren't there.
But I can't stress enough how much value you can add by just getting rid of all the unnecessary "stuff" and cleaning the place so it's immaculate.
1-The polish. These are typically those paying top dollar and they know it. But in return the expect everything to be polished, and if it's not they intend to redo anything outdated prior to moving in. If it's not turn key, these people typically see improvements as an interferance to their already busy lives. If this is your property target, polish, primp, repace carpet, change countertops and definately have a professional stager (interior designer) go through the property and de-clutter. Greatest value is paid by these people when it is all done already. Generally if you can't do it all, many of these people will pass on your property.
2-Just get in. These are the people who intend to do renovation, but getting into their neighborhood of choice at a reasonable price is more important. They will take the next 5-7 years to make their desired improvements and are able to look past some unpolised things. In this case, generally a liviable home with the needed square footage is typically best. Best improvements here often are adding a bedroom, or just replacing carpet for the sale. Fressh coat of paint in and out and again stage it professionally.
3-re-doers. These people largely want to do their own work. No improvements are necessary as they will likely re-do anything you chose to have done to the property anyhow.
So, in summary, if you are planning too sell your home real soon...carpet, professional staging, fresh paint. If your home is close to being completely polished already, finish the job and you will get top dollar. Have someone honest walk through your home for you. don't be the judge yourself. You are biased and like your taste.
If you are not close to selling your home, improve things you will enjoy while you are there, then move onto those other items when it is time to sell. Likely your improvements may need cleanup or renovation again at the time of sale anyhow. Do it for you, enjoy your home...worry about the sale, when you sell.
Or, lastly I'm happy to swing by and give a more personlized assessment whether you intend to sell or not. Never any obligation. And, I am happy to share some well credentialled contractors.