Fortunately, having purchased the house with a USDA loan, you likely had minimal out-of-pocket costs to close. Generally it takes at least 5 years in a house to recoup the value that is paid out in closing costs, so for you it will be less time.
The description of the work you are doing sounds appropriate for adding value to the house, but general maintenance and making sure all mechanical systems are up-to-date and in good working order are two of the most important considerations. Contemporary colors and small decorator touches add appeal when you are ready to list. Since you are not planning to stay in this house for very long, think neutral colors and impersonal decorating.
With having some time to prepare for your sale, look for bargains on home furnishings like electrical fixtures, floor coverings, appliances. Put in low maintenance landscaping and make sure that all the exterior presents a good first impression.
With the planning that you are doing now, you will be ahead of the game when the time comes to list your house. Good luck.... more