Time To Roll Up Your Sleeves: Affordable Upgrades To Sell Your Home

June 24, 2015  |  

Anyone looking to sell their home understands the importance of making it look nice without shelling out thousands of dollars on improvements. After all who the heck wants to put money into a place they no longer want to call home?

My husband and I found ourselves in this very situation last year. Packing up our bags and heading cross country, we prayed and worked with our real estate agent to sell our New Jersey apartment. Needless to say it has been a long process, but thankfully we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with a committed buyer.

As a former interior design professional, I knew we had to do some sprucing in order to attract the right buyer. I also knew my husband wasn’t interested in putting money into the place.

If you happen to find yourself in a similar situation, know that you aren’t alone, and that there are some budget-friendly things you can do to help sell the property quickly.

Add a fresh coat of paint. It’s so crazy how many sellers skip this step. As boring as it might sound, a general paint color can make a home look bigger and more open, as too many hues can come off choppy. When in doubt, go with a light, neutral tone.

Update your cabinets and hardware. Flat out replacing these items can set you back thousands of dollars. My husband and I sanded and refinished the cabinetry in our condo and the end result was something fresh and up to date that cost under $75. We also changed the hardware (e.g. knobs and pulls) to go with our new look.

Change your fixtures. Consider swapping out old faucets, shower heads and bathroom accessories for newer items as well. Many are sold in a set or series that will help narrow down your choices. Once you’ve decided on what you want, check out DIY videos online which will remove the need — and expense — of hiring a professional.

Landscape. Many people pay attention to what’s happening inside their home and completely neglect their exterior. Always remember potential buyers have to walk through your front entrance before they even see your home — hence the phrase “curb appeal.” Landscaping is important but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep your grass cut low, plant flowers for color, and stay on top of those pesky weeds.

Keep your floors sparkling. Not only did we have old carpet but also ugly vinyl in the kitchen of our home. Thanks to a carpet shampooer (you can rent them for cheap) and some decorative area rugs, we were able to spruce up what we had. The vinyl, on the other hand, had to go, but I found an affordable engineered wood that we installed over the flooring for $50.

This is just a taste of what can be done to enhance your home for potential buyers. Even if you aren’t the savviest DIY’er, please know you do have resources. The Home Depot for example offers free diy workshops that range from installing a kitchen backsplash to fixing a leaky toilet which can help get you out of your old space and into a new home ASAP.

What are some upgrades you would like to complete around your home?

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