Looking for ways to improve the value of your home without breaking the bank? Selling a property in a down market is quite challenging, especially if you don’t make your house stand out. While boosting your home’s value may require some costs on your part, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to spend a lot of money to achieve it. Here are some simple suggestions:
1. Make your kitchen look good. Many potential home buyers place top importance to the kitchen when they first view a home for sale. Make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated. You may have to spend a few hundred dollars so you can replace the kitchen faucet set, update cabinet door handles, update old lighting fixtures with brighter, or refinish counter tops and sinks.
2. Buff up the bath. Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. Luckily, bathrooms can be improved without spending a lot of cash. Simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install. You can also replace an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl. If your tub and shower are looking dingy, you can get a professional to re-grout or refinish the surfaces. This is way cheaper than paying to re-tile everything.
3. Upgrade your storage. Some houses, especially the older ones, are notorious for their lack of closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, adding DIY wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms, pantries, and entry closets would be a beneficial project. Most closets can be updated in a weekend or less. Having more functional and spacious storage solutions will definitely impress potential buyers.
4. Don’t forget the nitty-gritty stuff. Spending a few bucks on hiring electrician and plumber for a couple of hours to inspect your electrical services, fix any faulty outlets, and check for and repair any water leaks, will be worth it. Those details will give potential buyers the impression that you have taken care of the home and thus, can really influence the selling price.
5. Update your flooring. You don’t have to install hardwood floors if it’s not within your budget. But you can certainly try other means to improve your floors. Carpeting is a great way to quickly update a home and make it look comfortable and cleaner. Getting professional carpet cleaning for your old rugs is also an inexpensive investment.
6. Improve lighting. Boring recessed lights will not help you sell your Raleigh home fast, consider replacing the lights with an eye-catching chandelier. Home stores offer a wide range of affordable, but attractive ceiling fixtures.
7. Don’t take curb appeal for granted. A nicely mowed lawn or a few well-placed shrubs can make a huge difference in getting a great first impression from potential buyers. If you don’t have the skills, you can hire a landscaper to plant a few evergreen shrubs as well as to give your yard a good cleanup.
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