Increasing your home’s value doesn’t have to destroy your savings or diminish your children’s college fund—there are inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home so you’ll be able to get a high appraisal and a good sales price.
1. Upgrade the Little Things
You may not have the budget to redo all the cabinets or install granite countertops, but there are little changes you can make that will add up to increase your home’s value. Replace the faucets in your kitchen and bathrooms, install new showerheads, replace the handles on your cabinets, or install ceiling fans to boost your home’s value without spending much money.
2. Stay Up To Date on Maintenance
If an appraiser or buyer comes in to your home and finds leaky faucets, poorly insulated windows, or clogged air filters, their estimation of your home will be lower. Take time to fix the little things around your home to protect its value.
3. Clean, Clean, Clean
Cleaning your home is one of the least expensive ways to improve its value. Set aside a weekend and scrub every corner from floor to ceiling.
4. Lighten Things Up
A bright happy home will be more attractive to buyers. Pick one or two rooms and update them with light paint, install new light fixtures, and replace heavy drapes with light flowing curtains to make your home more inviting.
5. Pay Attention to Curb Appeal
Updating your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive, but the better your home looks from the outside, the more interested people will be in checking out the inside. Trim the grass, put some potted plants by the door, weed the flower garden, wash your windows, and sweep the sidewalks.