Well....we did it...we met with a realtor. Fortunately a long-time friend of ours is a realtor and someone we trust whole-heartedly. He came out, took a tour and then we talked. He recommended that we put ceramic tile in all the bathrooms. We already had this on our to-do list. He wants us to put "realtor beige" carpeting throughout the rest of the house. We had hoped to put in a carpet allowance so that the new owners could pick the color and type that they wanted. We are talking about LOTS of square feet. But no, buyers in this price range want it already done when they visit. Fortunately he said that we did not need to worry about the roof. Although it is 15 years old, it is still in very good shape! There were a few other little things. He said the main goal was to have all positives on their walk-throughs and nothing that they could put on the negative side.
So...we parked the boat under her awning, picked out tile and carpet, and set to work. Mike has all the bathrooms tiled and Brenda has grouted them. While Mike was working on the tile, Brenda worked on cleaning out closets. Do you know how much "stuff" can be stuffed into a closet after 15 years? Too much!
We are also getting some excess stuff out for sale on Craigslist and eBay. Got to pay for all these new upgrades somehow.