How do we best access disinterested advice (happy to pay) on how much upgrading and renovating of house and grounds is advisable before sale? Although the unimproved land value of our rather unusual large battle-axe well treed inner city block represents at least 80% of the expected sale value we are inclined to think that it is worth taking the time and spending the money upgrading bathrooms, carpets etc and putting in a new lawn and paving etc in order to attract the wider market. That is, we want to interest buyers who might be attracted to live in the existing house as well as developers eyeing subdivision and home buyers who want to knock down/rebuild. We see the benefit more in introducing more buyer interest and competition and securing a sale than in necessarily precisely recouping the extra outlay. We are not very confident of the quality of advice we will get from real estate agents we approach on this issue - may tend to favour a quick sale to maximise their outcome. We have time.