Very often we get overwhelmed with a lot to do when we think of putting our home on the market for sale. We suddenly start thinking about everything that is wrong with the house and everything we need to fix to prepare for the sale.

There is the garage that needs to be finished, the backyard which needs to be cleaned and relawned, the old kitchen cabinets that need to be replaced, and on and on goes the list. 

It's easy to get carried away and before you know it, you have spent thousands of dollars without knowing for a fact that what you have done has indeed added to the value of your home.

The truth is, there is no real formula to follow here. However, what I can tell you is that deciding what needs to be done is very subjective. What you think as aesthetically pleasing, may be not so important to a potential buyer. 

Before you start doing anything in the way of renovations and updates, meet with your real estate agent and ask them to tell you what will add to the value of your home. This way, you will ensure the money you are putting in will be returned, and then some.