As Spring approaches you may put your Geist home for sale or you may decide to renovate and stay a little longer. If you want to just freshen it with some paint, I just wrote a post in the Carmel Real Estate blog on this.
Renovations are tricky, how much and which rooms are always at the top of the question list. As a general rule, kitchens, baths and backyards sell houses. If you are on a higher end price point, a "to die" for basement helps too!
Try to work smart. For example, if you hate your cabinets, don't throw them out; think about either resurfacing/painting them or just getting new cabinet doors. Sometimes just changing the hardware on the door fronts can give a new look.
Another kitchen favorite is to remove the old lighting in the bulkhead (or remove the whole bulkhead) and hang pendant lighting over the island.
If you need more space, moving walls may not be in your budget. But sometimes you can gain space by working with an existing closet or the hollow space between studs. I know when I redid my master bath we found space in the hollow studs and now I have a bench seat there!
Plan for energy efficiency, new buyers and home owners appreciate "green".
Seek multiple bids; if you need reliable contractors, let me know. I work with quite a few that I would be happy to share with you. I also have a 10% off Lowe's coupon if you are interested...just email me.
Paybacks on renovations vary and I have the latest list if that is of interest to you. Overall, do the renovation for you if you plan to live there for awhile. If you are doing the renvoation in preparation for a sale, speak to a Geist Real Estate agent first to ensure you spend your money wisely.