Don't overdo home upgrades

New appliances not a necessity

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DEAR BERNICE: We’re thinking about selling our 9-year-old home. It has the original appliances. There are quite a few new homes on the market about a mile from where we live. What can we do to compete? Do we need to update our kitchen? –Sally U.

DEAR SALLY: As a general rule, it doesn’t make sense to do major upgrades on your property. What you select to upgrade may be what the buyer hates most about your property. In other words, what you pick out, the next buyer may tear out.