This question is often asked by sellers. Quick fiexes before selling a home always pay off, but which home repairs bring the biggest return? Many sellers, trying to do the righ thing, often make repairs that are not required. They tend to make the repairs that they would want, which are not necessarily what a buyer expects. A variety of factors to consider are
There is no hard and fast rule. But there are general guidelines taht apply to most homes. For examle, the National association of Realtors publishes the Cost vs. Value Report with Remodeling Magazine, which features various home project costs and returns in forur regions, including a national average.
In general, there is no improvement you can make that returns 100% of you investment. But you can improve the value of your home with updates, not maintenance issues. Do not confuse the two as they are very different.
Ceramic floors that look like wood are a hot item today, but preferences over the years have changed. Carpeting became popular, parquet oak floors and even linoleum floors.
If your home has hardwood floors, that's what buyers want. You might need to do some simple repairs or throw some cleaner/wax on them to make them shine.
If you have carpeting throughout your home it usually does not pay to replace it. In some case it will, sometimes the carpet produces a cramped feeling and with the trend towards open floor plans the cramped feeling can turn off potential buyers. If your carpet is in decent conditions just keep it clean.
With Ceramic tile the cost is high so installing will not pay off. Replace chipped or cracked tiles and clean the or replace the grout.
In some cases you can cheaply remove carpet and install engineered wood floors in entertainment areas. This could create the look buyers want.