Five Cheap and Easy Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

By Victoria Blackburn

style= You’re ready to sell your home, and you want to get the most you can for it, so you know that means making it look its best. Although you want to attract buyers to your home, and make them love it as much as you do, you don’t want to break the bank getting it ready to sell. There’s nothing worse than spending your profits before you even sell your home! Not to worry, there are some cheap ways that you can increase your home’s appeal, and they’re so easy, you can probably do them yourself (so, you can save money on labor too!).

1.Update your kitchen backsplash

Changing, or adding, a backsplash is probably one of the cheapest ways to update the look of a kitchen, especially with so many different options to choose from. A quick visit to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s will offer you a myriad of choices for your new backsplash. From marble to metal, and almost every material in between, a backsplash is a great way to add a dash or color or pizzazz to your kitchen.

2.Paint a room

Neutrality is the ideal when selling a home. If you have customized your rooms with bright colors or themes, you can actually turn buyers off. While your home may look great with your furniture in it, it may not be to everyone’s taste. Repainting in a neutral color can make rooms appear larger, and make it easier for buyers to picture themselves and their belongings in your home. If you only have time to paint a room or two, do the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen – the most important rooms in the house!

3.Replace switch-plate covers

It’s amazing how the smallest detail is the one that puts the buyers off, or makes them start thinking that your home is worth less than you think. Yellowing and / or brass switch-plates and outlet covers should be changed for more up-to-date ones. Starting at 50 cents each, and taking only a few minutes to change, there really is no reason to not update the covers. Old brass doorknobs and hinges should also be replaced so that the rest of your decor isn’t being dated.

4.Update bathroom (and kitchen) fixtures

Completely updating a bathroom or kitchen can be an expensive and time-consuming job, but there are little things that can be done to refresh the look of the space. New faucets and cabinet handles in the latest styles and colors can go a long way to modernize your bathroom and kitchen. If your bathroom counter and sink are looking a bit worn, you can replace both with a new vanity top. There are plenty of composite material tops that are inexpensive, and easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about spending a fortune on a marble counter!

5.Maximize your curb appeal

Before buyers even walk through the door of your home, they are already forming opinions. You want them to enter the house with a positive attitude, so this is why curb appeal is so very important. The annoying thing is that curb appeal plays such a huge role in creating a value for your home, but has the lowest return on investment. People expect a home to look nice, so don’t invest thousands of dollars into a huge landscaping project. Instead, add a fresh layer of mulch to any gardens, keep the lawn mowed to a reasonable height, and keep your plants trimmed.