Most agents will tell you that remodeling your home right before coming on the market is not such a great idea because it’s extremely difficult to get dollar for dollar out of it. That’s not true all of the time, but a good deal of the time it is.
I advise my Sellers that a minimum of carpet and paint should be addressed before listing their home. You want the home to show as new as possible and painting walls and laying new carpet go a long way toward sprucing up your home. Obviously, you should choose neutral colors and introduce splashes of color in to the home with blankets, comforters, furniture, pillows, decorative pieces, etc.
But here’s a word to the wise: Make sure to tell your painters that they are NOT to paint the outlets in the home. I see this over and over again when evaluating Gaithersburg Real Estate and North Potomac Real Estate. Sellers are unaware that a property inspector will fail those outlets if they’ve been painted. It’s ok to paint the outlet cover but not the outlet itself. It might slow the painter down a bit when they have to paint around the outlet. However, your painter won’t be anywhere around when you’re hiring an electrician after a property inspection to replace outlets because the painter wanted to take a shortcut!
And, it's ditto for electrical panel covers- don't paint them!