This is a common question that I get from my readers. Should they replace their appliances, paint the house, install hardwood floors or new carpeting, etc.
Let me share my usual response to this question. Keep in mind that improvements do not typically produce more in added value than what you pay for them.
The only improvements a seller should make, in my opinion, are ones which eliminate eyesores — that is, things which draw negative attention by a visitor.
I wouldn’t replace items that are dated but that are in good condition. I wouldn’t, for example, replace Formica counters that are in good condition, but I would replace them if they have burn marks or other damage.