If you’re planning to sell your home, you’re probably looking for ways to increase its value. An affordable option is to make certain updates and repairs around your home that will make it look well-maintained and inviting when people come to visit, but that won’t put a dent in your wallet. Below are some affordable suggestions that are relatively easy and will increase the value of your home as you prepare to sell.
1. Clean the house
It’s amazing what a good deep clean can do for your home. You don’t realise how dirty the carpets have become or how scuffed up the walls are until you have a professional clean the house. Getting rid of visible stains as well as unpleasant smells will make your home much more inviting when people come in for a viewing.
2. Power wash
You’ve cleaned the inside of your house, now it’s time to spruce up the outside. A good power wash can do wonders for your deck, driveway, and siding. If you don’t have a power washer, borrow one from a neighbour or rent one. Remove all of the grime from the cement as well as any algae from the house siding. Cleaning the exterior of your house is an easy way to increase the curb appeal of your home.
3. Paint the walls
A fresh coat of paint can spruce up any room. You don’t necessarily need to repaint the whole house, but repainting spaces that are dated or in a colour that might not appeal to the masses is always a good idea. Removing any dated wallpaper and replacing it with a neutral paint tone is also a wise choice.
4. Change the fixtures
An old ceiling fan that’s loud and wobbly is also not an attractive selling point. If a lighting fixture is broken then have it replaced. You want lighting fixtures that will brighten a room and create a welcoming light, not bulbs that flicker or fixtures that pull attention from the rest of the space.
5. Fix the lawn
Curb appeal is a big deal when it comes to increasing the value of your house. The yard is one of the first things people see when they visit your home. If your grass is dead or really overgrown, you won’t be creating a great first impression. Mow the lawn and help your grass become a bit greener so your house looks inviting and trim back any overgrown bushes or trees.
6. Update the entrance
Replacing the front door is a great way to enhance the entrance to your house. Choose a door with a beautiful glass pane or in an eye-catching colour. If your front door doesn’t need to be replaced then consider switching out the handle or giving it a new paint colour. These simple changes will make the place feel new and updated.
7. Redo the ceilings
Popcorn ceilings are unappealing to many homebuyers. Take the time to remove the popcorn texture and replace it with smooth ceilings or a more updated texture style. This update to the ceilings is a relatively easy and cheap fix. The only drawback is it’s messy.
8. Update the kitchen
A full kitchen remodel is pricey, but an affordable option is to paint the kitchen cabinets and switch out old knobs and handles for newer modern ones. Dulux paint has a Renovation Range that is perfect for painting cabinets, bench tops and backsplashes and can go a long way to making your kitchen feel brand new again.
9. Update the bathroom
It can be surprisingly simple and affordable to update the bathrooms in your house. Even just installing new faucets, update the lighting fixtures and painting the tiles will go a long way. A clean white will make the bathroom feel fresh and bright when compared to an old dated colour and can be done as a DIY project over the weekend.
10. Hire a stager
A professional stager takes your empty house and arranges modern furniture and stylish home decor throughout your house. By decorating the space, a stager makes your house look like a home so buyers can get an idea of the house’s full potential. This option can be a bit pricier, starting at about $1,500, but it can really increase the value of your house and make it appear more desirable.
Selling a home is stressful but by making some of these affordable home renovations you’ll increase the chances of selling your house for a good price.