I am selling a home (in Charlotte, NC), and we spent a lot to put it on the market. STILL we are getting negative feedback on the things we didn't do...a bit frustrating...I'm sure we'll put more money into the house, then have to lower the price just to sell..there's a lot of competition in our market. However, I am buying in Dallas and I want a house where I can get it for a good price and do all of the upgrades myself. Some people want turn key, but I want a great neighborhood with good bones...I'll do the rest. Get a great real estate agent. We decided to hire one late in the process...she would have saved us a lot of time and money if we would have started out with her. (we were FSBO before). Good Luck!