Top 5 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Selling Your Home Like a Pro

Thinking of selling your home while the market is hot? These five cheap and easy to do upgrades will have your home ready for the market in no time.

Update #1: Light Fixtures

Dented, faded, gold plated…light fixtures come in all shapes and sizes! When it comes to selling your home, it is best to modernize your lighting fixtures so that your home looks new and well-cared for to a potential buyer. For one, household light fixtures can significantly date your home and give off the wrong impression to a home buyer. Updating bathroom wall sconces, dining room chandeliers, and entryway lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home inviting.

Update #2: Faucets and Cabinet Hardware

Old faucets and cabinet hardware are a great place to spend a little money and get a big return. Most realtors will tell you that the kitchen sells the home! Potential buyers see the kitchen as the heart of the home and where they will make the most memories. An elegant but simple faucet set can cost as little as $100 but leaves a lasting impression. Depending on the number of cabinets and drawers in your home, replacing dated handles and hardware is a rather easy fix. Adding a custom look by replacing the hardware should only cost you $200-$300 and take less than a day to complete the task at hand.

Update #3: Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Scuffs, greasy fingerprints, and nail holes magically disappear with a fresh coat of paint. Starting at around $20 per gallon, paint is an easy way to freshen up your home on the cheap. Make sure to choose a paint color that is neutral and pleasing to today’s buyers. Many realtors like to recommend a beige or neutral, agreeable grey as a potential option when painting your home.

Update #4: Regrout Your Tile

Regrouting your dirty and crumbling kitchen and bathrooms is another way to present your home in the best light possible. When potential buyers see cracks and issues with the grout, they jump to the worst-case scenario and think about the potential money needed to fix the problem. While regrouting your tile is a cheap fix, it is not always the fastest weekend project to complete.

Update #5: Professionally Clean Your Floors

Having your carpets cleaned professionally can range anywhere from $100-$500, depending on the square footage of carpet in your home. It is best to focus on high traffic areas and potential problem areas (stains, smells, pet markings). While most potential home buyers understand that carpet can be replaced, nothing turns a buyer off of a home, like stained, smelly carpet.

When getting your carpets professionally cleaned, you may also want to consider deep cleaning your hardwood floors or laminate tile. Wood floors are a popular feature in your home, and it is best to show them off by making sure they are cleaned, buffed, and polished.

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