Are you thinking about putting your home on the market, but you don’t have a ton of money to spend to increase the value? Never fear because there are economical ways to accomplish this without breaking your wallet. If you’re ready to jump on the home selling bandwagon, here are some tips that will help increase your home’s value.
Don’t Ignore the Outside
Curb appeal is no joke. The very first thing a potential buyer is going to notice and assess is the outside of your home. Is it pleasing to the eye? Does it have nice landscaping? Are the sidewalks, driveway and entrance in good condition? If there’s a fence, is it in good shape? Are the trees and shrubbery healthy? Some, or all of these items will be selling points for your buyer, so they should be taken into consideration. Make sure the outside is presentable and clean. Because if the outside looks shabby, a buyer will equate that to what the inside might look like as well.
Give Your Walls a Face Lift
It’s amazing what a can of paint can do. If you think a buyer will love your orange walls as much as you do think again! One of the best ways to add value to an interior is to recreate its blank slate. So grab a brush and a can of paint and open up your space. Removing loud or dark colors will give the buyer an immediate visualization of they can personalize the space to their liking.
Less is So Much More
Removing clutter and organizing your space can breathe new life into your home. Make it a fun activity by creating three piles for Keep, Throw Away, and Donate. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to put into each pile, hiring an organizational expert would be money well spent. They can help remove the emotional toll out of this daunting task.
Small Improvements Can Go a Long Way
After sprucing up your outdoors, adding a coat of fresh paint, and de-cluttering, consider small DIY fixes that won’t require a contractor. If you have carpet and can’t afford to replace it, have it professionally cleaned. There are an assortment of reliable products on the market that will remove scuff marks from hardwood floors. Replace outdated door knobs, kitchen, and bathroom hardware with newer updated fixtures. Add new window treatments that allow natural light to enter your rooms and make sure all the windows are clean. Update your lighting with new lamp shades, pendants, or can lights, which will further brighten your space and make it look new again.
Invest in a Certified Inspector
While making minor improvements to the curb appeal and interior are excellent ways to add value, also seriously consider having an inspector walk through your home. They can identify any major problems that will need attention. The last thing you want is to lose an offer because of an unforeseen issue that could have been taken care of before going into contract.
Give Yourself Time
Be honest and realistic with yourself. Adding value to your home takes time and patience. So if this is your goal, then set a reasonable time frame and take things slowly. The more time you spend, the better your rewards will be.