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EASY, LOW-COST WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOUSE WHEN IT’S TIME TO SELL

Paint

Painting is an inexpensive way to add value to your home. Pick neutral colors so that the next potential buyer is able to envision their own ideas. Neutral colors make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there because the paint goes with just about anything. Know which rooms to prioritize, painting smaller rooms with light colors or pastels makes the room appear larger. Another tip is painting the trim and wall the same color for the illusion of a larger space. Painting the interior results in a 107% on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55 % ROI, according to HomeGain 2012 Top DIY Home Improvements for Seller survey.

UPGRADE APPLIANCES

If your appliances are so outdated that it is an eyesore, updating is a must! Out of date appliances can hurt home sellers during negotiations, and can even cause a potential buyer to lose interest altogether. Get rid of that old acrylic fridge and add in a new fresh stainless steel fridge. A few appliance updates can make the entire home feel more fresh and desirable. Modern, energy-efficient appliances are money savers that might make your home look like a better investment.

CHANGE DOOR KNOBS/HANDLES

Swapping out old knobs and handles for fresh and updated options can change the entire look and feel of your space for so cheap! A uniform approach to your hardware choices will make buyers feel like the home is more polished and finished. Hone in on the most noticeable pieces, such as doorknobs, cabinet pulls, curtain rods, bathroom fixtures, and eye-catching brackets that support handrails or shelving systems.

REPLACE LIGHT FIXTURES/LIGHT SWITCH PLATES

Another cheap and easy fix which can totally change the design of your home! Dimly-lit rooms and outdated light fixtures can take away from the overall feel of your home. The bulbs you use matter too. Skip the incandescents and opt for LED light bulbs. Another simple trick is swapping out old,outdated outlets and light switch plates for fresh new ones, a very inexpensive way to completely transform the interior of your home.

CHANGE YOUR FRONT DOOR

A boring and dreary front door can make some buyers not even want to look any further. A simple door switch can completely change your curb appeal and entry way vibes from bland to inviting. When it comes to a new entry door, picking the right one will pay off in less maintenance and added energy savings. You’ll also have a home entry that will make a great first impression for years to come.

ADD CROWN MOLDING

Crown molding is a design detail that sticks in buyers mind. While it might not raise the value of your home by thousands, it certainly matters and makes a difference. If a buyer is deciding between two very similar homes and one has crown molding throughout and the other doesn’t, they are most likely to choose the one that does. Though crown molding is “just” a decorative feature, it can become a valuable interior design centerpiece.

DEEP CLEAN INSIDE/POWER WASH OUTSIDE

A messy house is a major red flag for buyers, it shows them you have neglected the house and that other issues may arise that aren’t seen on the surface. Manage your clutter and organize first, then get your hands dirty with the deep clean. Move furniture and get in spots you usually wouldn’t. The tip here is to make sure every space is spotless in the event a potential buyer were to move any furniture during a showing. Deep cleaning the floors and carpets should be at the top of the list here and can make your floors look years younger. The same concept goes for the outside. Power washing dirt away can make your exterior look fresh and new. If you want to sell for top dollar, you should do yourself the favor of these easy cleaning tips.

REMOVE POPCORN CEILINGS

As with most interior design trends, popcorn ceilings have come in and out of popularity and are currently not desirable. Having popcorn ceilings in your home is typically a negative for the modern buyer’s aesthetic but there are also other issues to consider.In the worst situation, popcorn ceilings may contain asbestos. It’s best to get rid of this and leave it in the past!

ADD MIRRORS

The size of your home drastically affects its value. Mirrors make any and every space feel bigger than it really is. Even if the square footage isn’t increasing, visual space or how large a home feels matters. Adding mirrors doubles the visual space and is such a cheap and easy trick.

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