If you are considering selling your home, you might receive a lot of advice about what to do to increase your home’s value. There are many things you can do to boost your home’s value that drain your wallet quickly. Here are 5 inexpensive, simple solutions that won’t break the bank and will increase the value of your home.
1. Spend an hour with a professional designer or your Realtor.
Invite your Realtor, an interior designer, or a professional home stager over to your home for their input. Many agents do this as a courtesy, while you may need to pay a consultation fee for a designer or stager. The standard hourly fee is generally less than $100. In an hour, you can receive great feedback and a lot of ideas to improve your home and possibly increase its value. Even small suggestions such as where your furniture is placed and what you have hanging on your walls can make a big difference in how your home is perceived by potential buyers.
2. Clean up the yard.
Unkempt bushes, weeds, and overgrown trees can be a turnoff to potential buyers. Curb appeal is important when selling your home and can be what attracts buyers into your home. A small investment in professional yard work and/or landscaping can bring a big return and make a significant difference in the price. A nicely mowed lawn, a few trimmed shrubs, and a clean porch and walkway all make a great first impression. Don’t overlook your yard when selling your home because buyers won’t.
3. Update your lighting.
Updated, modern lighting can significantly enhance your home’s appeal. Make sure you fix broken panes, open your windows to let the light in when showing your home, and consider installing lights that use motion detectors. High wattage bulbs make small spaces feel larger, and soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces. For less than $100, you can install new fixtures to make your home more modern.
4. Get them at the door.
The front door and the porch are often overlooked. Make sure your front door looks fresh and new and has a nice handle and lock set. The doorbell needs to work, and don’t forget an overhang such as an awning or portico above the front door. Also, exterior upgrades such as a deck or patio can create an extension of living space and be very appealing to home buyers. If a deck is built with the right material, it will generally hold its value.
One of the simplest improvements you can make to your home is a coat of new paint. When selecting paint colors, stick to neutrals. Neutral colors will make your home more desirable to more people. Paint is generally inexpensive.