I am not a realtor, but because I see appraisals, I can see the translation from dollars into value, and I have done enough open houses with realtors to know what I think. First try to take a look at your home objectively. First look at your curb appeal. Walk up to your front door and make sure that there is no peeling paint, or that you have a screen door that doesn't close properly, little things like that. Do the same as you walk in the front door. If the first thing they see is worn carpet on the stairs, or dirty or damaged paint in the front hall, get it fixed. It's easier to overlook little things if the initial impression is a good one. There is very little that you can do to your house in terms of updates that would translate into an equal amount of dollars in terms of increased value. If you can make a small investment in painting, or make sure that everything is neat, clean, and clutter free, that helps. Painting in itself can make a big difference. If you have white walls, you can try a trendy color, but not something so odd that people get thrown off when they see it. I would say that other than that, save your money to put into the house you are buying, not the one you are selling.