Chances are, when you sell your home, you’ll want to get as much money for it as possible. But what happens if your house has lots of potential but isn’t quite in the price range you think it should be? That’s where a few minor improvements that you can do yourself can come in handy. Rather than waste a lot of money on major renovations, consider taking on one of these projects to increase the resale value of your house.
1. Look to your yard. If you have a yard with overgrown areas, bare patches of lawn or unattractive greenery, now’s a good time to change that. Head over to your local garden center and figure out what you’ll need to get to make your grass, trees, shrubs and flowers look better. A nice yard is one of the first things a potential buyer will notice about your home.
2. Wash the exterior instead of painting. If your house’s paint is in good condition but still looks a bit worse for wear, a power wash is just the thing. Right before you put your house on the market, rent a power washer to clean off the dirt and debris. It’s almost as good as a fresh coat of paint, but a lot cheaper!
3. Switch out the doors. To increase your home’s curb appeal, ask yourself whether your front, entry or garage doors could be improved. Perhaps a coat of paint is all they need, but maybe a new door altogether would be best.
4. Get rid of eyesores in the house. Whether it’s outdated tile in the kitchen, peeling wallpaper in the bathroom or dingy old curtains, you’ll need to remove any eyesores in your home. Buy new replacements that would appeal to a wide audience.
5. Update your furniture. Even though your furniture won’t come with the house, buyers might have a hard time picturing themselves in the space if it’s arranged poorly or stuffed with old furniture and accent pieces. Renting a few nice couches or buying some discounted curtains or area rugs can make the space more appealing and inviting.
6. Freshen up fixtures and appliances. Even if you have great kitchen curtains and a fabulous wall color, your fixtures and appliances could be making your cooking area less attractive to buyers. Buying a new faucet and microwave will improve the aesthetic and perhaps even the home’s energy bill costs.