If you’re in the market to sell your home then you’ll know how important it is to maximize the value of your home. After all, you’ve invested a good chunk of money into your house and chances are, you’d like to make a profit when you sell it. We’ve got a list of ten easy projects that won’t break the bank (or your back) but will increase the value of your home!
1. Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
This seems more complicated and expensive than it has to be. You don’t have to install new cabinets and redo everything, you’ll be amazed at what a difference a few coats of paint and some new fixtures will make! Try going with an all-white look with sleek, modern, silver handles. It’ll really wow potential buyers at how clean the kitchen looks!
2. Up The Curb Appeal
You know the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Well, that may be true for literature and people, but not for potential buyers. First impressions are so important when it comes to presenting your home, so take some time to make the outside as warm and inviting as possible! Some easy ways to do this include: painting the front door, redoing the house numbers, adding some pottet plants in the entry way, adding shutters to front facing windows, etc.
3. Remove Popcorn Ceiling
Popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past, and they make your home look outdated, not to mention dirty – have you ever noticed how much dust gets stuck up there despite your best efforts to keep it clean? Removing the “popcorn” from the ceiling is actually quite easy, and you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes! If your house was built before 1970, make sure to get it tested for asbestos. Some older homes have it in the ceiling, so don’t attempt this until you get it tested!
4. Add Visible Storage
Sure, hidden storage might be ideal for living in a home, but when buyers are taking a tour they want to see potential storage without having to open anything or snoop around. An easy way to do this is to add a few floating shelves over a blank space like in the kitchen or in a tiny bathroom.
5. Swap Out Light Fixtures
Need a quick way to spruce up a room and add some personality? Try switching out a boring or plain light fixture or lamp for something a little more funky and unique! Not only will this catch the eye of potential buyers, but it can reall change the feel of a room, especially for dinning rooms and living rooms.
6. Add More Mirrors
The oldest trick in the book for instantly making a room feel bigger and lighter is to add mirrors. These mirrors don’t have to cost an arm and a leg! See how to make the mirror pictured here with just a few items from the dollar store!
7. Strategically Placed Art
Do you have an alarm, thermometor, or other “eyesore” that is distracting on an empty wall? Cover it up with some art! You’ll want to use something on a canvas so that the actual thing (alarm, thermometor, etc.) doesn’t get roughed up in the process. This is a great way to add a splash of color while also hiding something less than desirable for potential buyers.
8. Paint Unsightly Tiles
Do you have some less than desireable tiling in your bathroom, kitchen, or other location? You don’t have to spend the time and money to take out the old tile and install new tiles… just paint it! That’s right, you can clean up old tile in no time with a fresh coat of paint.
9. Paint Your Whole Bathroom
While you’re repainting things, you might as well redo the bathroom, especially if you’re in an older home with those retro pink tubs and mint tiles. Sure, the paint won’t last as long as a total bathroom makeover, but it will certainly spruce the place up for those potential buyers, and you’ll be saving a lot of that construction waste from going into a land fill!
10. Add A Closet
Instantly turn an office space into an extra bedroom by adding a closet! You don’t have to worry about construction costs, just see what kind of standing closets or wardrobes are available for cheap. By adding this open element of storage and clothes, you can give people a better idea of how they can use each room in the house.