Updating Your Home and Increasing Its Value without Breaking the Bank

There are many ways to update your home that will increase its value and make it easier to sell. Something as simple as replacing your front door can make your home look more appealing to prospective buyers as it makes a good first impression. Replacing your current front door with a new steel door might not sound like it would have much impact, but it can actually really help the exterior of your home look better and more appealing to prospective buyers.

Replace Your Windows

There’s nothing more unappealing than a home that is cluttered and has very little open space. The trend is towards wide open floor plans and big open spaces. After you have removed, thrown out, or put away all your clutter, you can make small modifications to your home to help give it that spacious feel. Try knocking out non-structural walls to turn two small rooms into one larger one. If your kitchen is small and you have an island for extra storage or counter space, you might want to consider removing it.

Let There be Light

Houses that have dark rooms tend to look gloomy and can hide more attractive features of your home. Try replacing your light fixtures with ones that use higher wattage bulbs to add more light to your rooms. Adding a decorative and functional ceiling fan not only provides more light to your room but also creates a breeze in the summer months that can reduce your need for air conditioning and lower your utility bills.

Update Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are next in line after kitchens as the most important rooms in your home that you should update. There are many things you can do to give your bathroom a facelift that doesn’t cost a lot of money such as:

  • Replacing old or peeling wallpaper
  • Buying a new toilet seat
  • Re-grouting tiles and replacing chipped ones
  • Installing vinyl tiles or even sheet vinyl to cover up discolored or old bathroom floors
  • Adding new lighting fixtures

Update Old Rugs or Carpeting

Even though most people will want to replace the carpeting in a home they buy at some point, they will still be turned off to your home if they see your old or stained carpets or rugs. Rugs are easier and less expensive to replace but carpeting can be very costly. First, try getting a professional carpet cleaner because this is not very expensive and can often make your carpets look much better. If this doesn’t work well enough, you can try covering the really bad parts with area rugs. Another idea is to only replace the carpet in the rooms that show the most wear and tear in accordance with your budget.

Simple, low-cost upgrades or improvements to your home can really make a difference when it comes time for you to sell. Without spending more money than you have, you can still boost the value of your home and be able to sell it more quickly than if you were to do nothing to try to improve its value.