The above is all good advice. The appraisal even if it costs $600 may be used for refinance purposes if you decide selling isn't in the cards. Ask your current mortgage holder who they use An independent appraisal is going to determine ~what a bank will loan. Which is typically the deal breaker unless you have a cash buyer. Do your own home inspection - most stuff that is already in your mind bank of to-do's put everything down on a punch list. Have the wife's freinds or other aqaintance come and do a walkthrough tell them to be brutally honest - as if they wanted to buy the property. Fix things other people notice even if it's cool with you.