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Sarah Educate
Mount Juliet, TN
e-PRO REALTOR 'Educate To Sell Nashville'

Investors who maintain the property between tenants will typically save more when it comes time to sell.  I know investors who do a mandatory walk-through on their properties every six months in order to protect their investments.  ROI is determined when you sell so the market season will dictate.  Kitchens, floors and fresh paint seem to be the main attractions. 

Mar 13, 2016 12:43 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

If the inside is a wreck who cares about landscaping! Carpet, paint - make sure the place looks updated.

I can't believe when investors want top $$ & they haven't done anything to the place in 15 years. I tell them they have to minimally update the place & they are confused. You haven't done ANYTHING in how long?

Mar 07, 2016 09:51 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Chiming in with Mary Yonkers on this.  Paint and a good cleaning service for sure.  Sprucing up the landscaping for curb appeal is often a great investment too.  

Mar 07, 2016 07:46 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Paint, landscaping and good cleaning service.  

Mar 07, 2016 07:36 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Paint and carpeting

Mar 08, 2016 08:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think it would depend on what the home looks like.

Mar 08, 2016 05:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on the house.  The biggest bang for the buck comes from kitchen and baths.  If those are up to date, then paint and looking fresh.  Landscaping should be neat and maintained, don't waste money on planting things.

Mar 08, 2016 04:24 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I agree with the answers given. Cleaning, Paint, Flooring, Landscaping, and updating Kitchens and Baths. Each house is different and may need some or all of these things.

Mar 08, 2016 01:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Depends. May only need cleaning, paint and landscaping. Updates to kitchen and bath(s)

Mar 08, 2016 12:00 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

updated kitchens and bathrooms..... 

Mar 07, 2016 11:01 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist


Mar 07, 2016 10:21 PM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Question for you first?  Is this going to be marketed as a rental or owner occupied?  If for rental I agree with you.  If you want to get more money, you may want to add floor coverings and some updates in kitchen and bath.

Mar 07, 2016 10:14 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We agree with Kenneth J. Jones 

Mar 07, 2016 10:05 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I agree with your two and say it also depends on your market as to what works best. Granite counters in the kitchen have come down in price and still has a wow factor when used in lower priced homes.

Mar 07, 2016 09:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Paint, carpet and appliances.

Mar 07, 2016 09:38 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Paint and new carpet.

Mar 07, 2016 09:36 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think it is always, roof, windows, siding, kitchen and bath

Mar 07, 2016 08:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Paint, landscaping and a cleaning are good basics to start with!

Mar 07, 2016 08:39 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading

Mar 07, 2016 08:27 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends on age and comdition of property. Paint is almost always a good investment ( if you use neutral colors). Carpet and cleaning inside and out.

Mar 07, 2016 08:24 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

 I would agree w/ Mary on fresh paint, cleaning service and perhaps a bit of landscaping (assuming that it's a major issue blocking entrance and can be fixed/cut down for very low cost)..  If there is hardwood under the carpet, by all means rip up the carpet and refinish the wood.

Mar 07, 2016 07:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Paint and landscaping are important, but the best investment may be different for every home.

Mar 07, 2016 07:23 PM