If you’re planning on selling your home, you’re probably looking for cost-efficient ways to add value to your home to get top-dollar from potential buyers. There’s a whole list of things people tend to look for when house shopping, but some features cost way more to add or upgrade than others. Fortunately, you don’t have to makeover your whole house to increase its value. There are lots of little improvements you can make that may have a significant impact on your home’s final selling price.
Take care of your lawn
Keeping your lawn healthy and neat is something you’re probably already doing. But if it isn’t, it’s an excellent place to start. Curb appeal is a huge factor when it comes to increasing the value of your home!
Upgrade your landscaping
You don’t need a huge budget to improve your outdoor space. Gardening is good for you, so do it yourself! A few well-placed, attractive plants are all you need to make a difference. Make sure to buy plants that are native to your area, and that require little water to keep your maintenance to a minimum.
Revamp your outdoor lighting
Installing bright, creative lighting sources on the outside of your home can add immense value. Well placed outdoor lighting appeals to home buyers because it helps deter break-ins.
Change your front door
If it’s in your budget, buying a brand new front door adds instant curb appeal. But if you can’t buy a new one, try painting your current one a fresh, attractive color.
Update your light fixtures and outlets
If your home is old or you’ve been living in it for a long time, chances are your light fixtures are no longer in style. Check out home design magazines for ideas on what type of fixtures are current. If your home is a little dark in certain rooms, consider installing brighter fixtures to improve the lighting. You may also consider replacing your outlet switch plates.
Switch up your doorknobs and cabinet handles
Installing pretty doorknobs and cabinet handles brings pizazz to a dull space. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to impress buyers.
Update your backsplash
Create a focal point in your kitchen with an attractive backsplash behind your stove range. You can do this yourself by following any guide online.
Repaint your rooms
A fresh coat of paint can easily brighten up a room. Choose a color – like a neutral tone – that will appeal to most home buyers. Avoid dark colors like brown or crimson, which can turn buyers away.
Add crown molding
A room with crown molding automatically seems more luxurious and expensive to buyers. Adding crown molding doesn’t have to be costly at all, however. It’s another project you can easily do yourself with the right tools and the right know-how.
Keep it clean
This one should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many sellers forget to clean their home before showing it! Even if you can’t afford to add a single cosmetic element to your home before selling it, keeping it smelling nice and sparkling clean before each showing is sure to impress buyers and make your home seem more inviting—and therefore more valuable.
We hope we’ve given you some good ideas for cost-efficient ways to add value to your home. Best of luck with selling! If you have any other questions about home improvement or maintenance, please reach out to us on social media or call any of our East Tennessee locations. We’re here to help!