We are planning to sell our house at some point (between now and a year from now, hopefully).
We've already done some major decluttering and organizing, as well as some interior painting.
Obviously, I don't want to sink a ton of money into this house. Our house is good and solid, but it is small and very typical and does not have any high-end fixtures, charm, etc. It would be considered a starter home in our area and is worth between $190 and $200K.
My first question is about our hot water heater. It's from 1998 but is still working fine. However, I've been told by our HVAC guy and our plumber that it won't last much longer and could make a mess out of our (unfinished) basement when it dies. Their quotes ranged from $750 to $850. Is this worth replacing before selling the house?
I'm also wondering about more minor things. For example, I just decluttered the two small closets in our master bedroom. I'm storing the items I want to keep in mismatched plastic bins and cardboard boxes. They're arranged neatly on the shelf. However, I think the closet would look even better with matching, decorative storage containers on the shelf, instead. So the question is: do I spend money on that kind of stuff?
Any and all frugal home preparation tips are appreciated! I am planning to post pictures of each room for advice once I have everything "ready."