Good Morning Bella,
In general, I usually recommend repairs that can be done inexpensively by you or someone else. This would also include a good cleaning of the home as well as cleaning up the clutter and making the home as pleasing to the eye as possible. This might include putting away some books & papers, fixing a leaky faucet, rehanging a cabinet door, cleaning up the front and back lawns or perhaps a quick paint job.
That being said, every situation is different - I haven't seen your home so I couldn't give you a list of what you could or should do to sell your home as quickly as possible and for the most money in today's market. Since the housing market is continuing to decline, and that decline has been forecasted to continue at an approximate rate of 1% per month for the next year, once you have decided to sell, putting it on the market and selling quickly is the same as saving money so you wouldn't want to take too long to fix up the home.
Why don't you give me a call - I work in your neighborhood - and I can take a look at your home and give you a better idea of what repairs, if any, might make the sale of your house easier. You can reach me directly by phone at (516)410-3594 or by email at Arlynn@ArlynnPalmer.com.
In the meantime, please visit my website at http://www.ArlynnPalmer.com
where you can find FREE Seller Reports (some of which address this topic), FREE Buyer Reports (to assist you in finding a new home), FREE School and Neighborhood Reports, my Monthly Newsletter and other valuable real estate information.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon, meeting you and seeing your home!
Regards and Have a Great Day,
Arlynn B. Palmer
Licensed Associate Broker, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Claire Sobel