Thanks for the house-selling tips, Matthies! Even though we decided not to sell our primary residence, we went ahead with the painting and new floor coverings. Installed a couple of new light fixtures, too, to brighten the kitchen/dining areas. Went with a three-lamp fixture that takes GE Revel bulbs--wow, very bright. I had to put them on dimmer switches.
Got a deal on the painting labor--guy I work with does it on the side for $15/hour. He and a helper painted seven rooms (and fixed holes/dings in the drywall) for $1365. Trim, ceilings, doors, walls--heck of a job and in nice neutral colors. I hate painting so it was worth it. He's also going to install the Pergo flooring I bought on sale at Home Depot--again, $15/hour. No carpet/flooring shop could touch that price.
If we can keep the pugs from tearing up the place over the next three years it'll still look nice when we go to sell.