If you're planning to put your home on the market and wondering how to prepare to achieve top dollar, this author discusses the value of some simple steps: painting and cleaning. Costly renovations, such as kitchen and bathroom renovations, may only result in recouping "80 to 90 percent of the money spent." If you're considering a specific improvement for your home, I would be happy to meet with you for a market analysis. We can look at just how much value the upgrade will translate to a higher sale price. See the full article.