Increase Home Value on a Budget

1. Curb Appeal.

The first thing a potential buyer is going to see when they look at your home is the outside. Plant flowers in the front yard to increase your home’s curb appeal. Power wash your sidewalk and porch leading up to your front door. It’s also a good idea to put a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Make it pop!!!


2. Paint, Paint and then Paint more!

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home value. Paint the inside walls of your home a neutral color to brighten the room and make it appear larger. Paint is an inexpensive way to give your home a fresh look. Cans of paint generally cost around $25.  Paint is an easy way to spruce up any room.


3. Get a Handle on the Situation

Most of us cant  afford brand new appliances in every part of the house. A simple spruce up is handles.  Purchase new handles for your cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom to give the rooms an updated look.


4. Re-Caulk

Caulk (that silicon stripping that protects your kitchen and bathroom appliances from water) can get yellow and brittle after a few years, especially around sinks and bathtubs. Make your kitchen and bathroom look like new by re-caulking. A tube of caulk costs around $5 and can update a home’s look.


5. Match your Appliances

Did you know most appliances have front panels that can be removed and replaced. Are your mismatched appliances giving you a headache?  Give your appliances a facelift by buying matching front panels from the manufacture. Your kitchen will look updated and modern.


6. Scrub it down!

If a buyer enters a home that’s dirty, all they can think is “This will take a lot of work to clean up!” So what can you do? Clean it for them. Clean your floors, windows, walls and ceiling.This will let in light, make your home feel less cluttered and increase a buyer’s interest in purchasing the home.


7. Light it up.

Lighting fixtures can date a home. You can spend hundreds on purchasing new updated lamps and fixtures, but you don’t have to spend so much to get the same results! Purchase discounted lampshades to perk up an older lamp, and change switch plates on your light switches to give your home an updated look. Make sure your switch plates and outlets match throughout the home.


8. Bling up your Bathroom

Purchase a new faucet for your sink and shower in your bathroom, and you’ll increase your home value. Matching bathroom sink and shower faucets are a good idea as well. It’s not a bad idea to update your kitchen sink faucet, too!


9. Rugs and Carpeting

Another part of the home that ages a house is the carpeting. Rugs or carpet with old patterns that have gone out of style can decrease your perceived home value. If you have enough money to redo old and worn-out carpeting, go for it! However, if you’re looking to add value without crushing your budget, you can purchase rugs to create a new look for your house.


10. Get a Home Warranty

Getting a home warranty while you’re selling your home can increase its value, and give you some much-needed protection. In  a recent study, when a homeowner included a home warranty in the sell of a home the home sold faster and for more money. Plus, most home warranty companies offer coverage during the home’s listing period.  A home warranty can give you peace of mind, knowing you won’t have to pay thousands of dollars on a new dishwasher or oven right during a precarious financial time in your life. 

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