We’re buying a duplex style townhome (around here they’re sometimes called “paired” homes), that’s about 20 years old. Overall, it’s in pretty good shape, but is in need of quite a few updates. It needs new interior paint (current owners have lived there about 15 years and have never painted, so interior paint is likely original, and there are a few minor wall cracks that need to be addressed), single pane windows need to be updated to double pane for energy efficiency and fire safety (we’re in California and in a high risk area), both bathrooms are in major needs of cosmetic updates (they are horribly 90s, and hard water is taking a toll on the sink and shower fixtures) – bathrooms likely need new floors, and new showers/tubs (I want to convert one of the tubs into a walk in shower), vanities are hopefully ok, but countertops are some sort of ugly 90s pinkish plasticy thing that match the ugly shower walls, bedrooms have outdated sliding mirror doors that I want to replace with modern white doors, and the ceiling fans and some of the light fixtures throughout the house are dated and I would like to replace them. Additionally, the kitchen has white appliances, which are out of style, and I’d like to replace with stainless, and the washer and dryer are very old and I want to replace them.
New windows and painting are our top priority, and I’m getting a new washer and dryer regardless, but after those things, which other updates will get us the largest return on investment? I’m hoping we only stay in this house a few years, 5 years max, but we’ll have to see what happens with the market, as we’re almost definitely over paying for this place.