Another thing to consider, cosmetic changes don't typically wont require permits. A large renovation that requires electrical and plumbing to be moved will, which also adds $$$s. Though you can do the work yourself, just be prepared to back up the disclosures, as they always ask if permits were pulled if it's obvious that something major has changed.
Also, Bob's advice to just give an allowance at closing is a good idea, have done that with paint and flooring on one house we sold, but I'd only suggest this when negotiating or if you're in competition with new housing where you have to be competitive with those sales.
Last edited by Darren Wright; 11-10-2010 at 03:26 PM.
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