Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value on a Budget

Getting ready to put your house on the market comes with expectations. Cleaning out closets, taking on repair projects, and arranging everything to look to more appealing are just a few of the tasks that come to mind, not to mention contacting a realtor and making plans for your future. But before you let the stress overwhelm you, Modernize wants you to know that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to get your home sale-ready. Here are a few simple weekend projects that will have prospective buyers oohing and ahhing.

Refresh Your Colors

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Repainting is one of the most affordable ways to give your home a makeover inside and out. From your front door to an interior accent wall to pieces of boring furniture, you can give an entirely new mood to an area with just a splash of color. And who doesn’t love picking out colors?

Hire Professional Cleaners

As you get ready to go on the market, cleaning can account for a huge portion of the stress. When you’re busy making financial and aesthetic decisions about both your present and future homes, the last thing you want to do is scrub grime off tiles or shampoo your carpets. Even though it’s not always ideal to pay for a service you could do yourself, there are times when it’s worth the sacrifice. Right before your home goes on the market is a great time to just let the professionals do their job.

Replace Outdated Hardware

Replacing old hardware like cabinet and drawer handles, towel racks, and curtain rods is an even easier and more affordable fix than painting—and you wouldn’t believe the difference in makes in modernizing your space. Don’t let little the little details hold you back. No touch is too small to deserve attention and style.  

Go Energy Efficient

More than ever, prospective buyers are looking for energy efficiency in their future homes. Replace faucets and showerheads with energy efficient options that save water. Install a programmable thermostat or, if you’re feeling fancy, a smart one that can be controlled from afar. Having full control of one of the most energy-sucking elements can really save the new homeowners money—and you’ll benefit from it in the meantime! Install efficient light fixtures and replace traditional bulbs with LEDs or CFLs.

Create an Inviting Front Porch

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Curb appeal is immensely important when you’re preparing to put your house on the market. This doesn’t mean you have to opt for entirely new landscaping or a new front porch. It just means bringing some life and character to your exterior space. Nothing makes home shoppers warm up to an entry more than things like well-cared for plants, a freshly painted front door, and seasonal decorations. Putting this kind of care into the first impression lets them know you have taken good care of the interior and have invested time in keeping up its quality. 

For additional home improvement tips, check out our blog post on 8 Remodeling Strategies on a Tight Timeline.