Low-Cost Home Improvements for House Sellers on a Budget

Selling a house can be an expensive and stressful process, especially when it’s necessary to make some home improvements to better attract potential buyers.

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Matt Lyons


Jan 21, 2021

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Selling a house can be an expensive and stressful process, especially when it’s necessary to make some home improvements to better attract potential buyers. 

However, there are several low-cost improvements that house sellers can make to increase their chances of selling their homes quickly and for a good price.

Set a Budget

Before embarking on any home improvement project, you need to set a budget. The budget should be realistic and consider the cost of materials, labor, delivery, warranties, etc., and any unforeseen expenses that may arise during the project.

To set a budget, it helps to research the average cost of similar home improvement projects in the area. This will give you an idea of the expected cost and help in setting a more accurate budget. 

Improve Curb Appeal

Improving your home's curb appeal is an essential factor in attracting potential buyers. A well-maintained exterior can create a positive first impression and increase the value of your home. Landscaping is one of the most vital components of boosting curb appeal and can be done on a budget. 

For example, choose low-maintenance plants that require less water and care. Succulents, ferns, and ornamental grasses are some examples that can add beauty to your yard. Plus, containers are a great way to add color and texture. You can use old buckets, pots, or even old tires to create unique and affordable planters.

Also, a fresh coat of paint on the front door can significantly improve your home's curb appeal, as does replacing old and worn-out hardware, such as house numbers, the mailbox, and door handles. Another affordable tip is to power wash your home's exterior to remove dirt and grime, making your home look clean and well-maintained.

Freshen Up the Kitchen

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, so it's important to make it look its best. A fresh coat of paint on kitchen cabinets can give them a whole new look. Consider using a neutral color to appeal to a wider range of buyers. Plus, replacing old cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with new, modern hardware can instantly update the look of a kitchen.

A tile backsplash can add a nice pop of color and texture to a kitchen without breaking the bank. Since you won’t generally have a huge area to handle, the cost of the tiles shouldn’t be outrageous, and you may be able to handle the update work yourself, too, to save further funds.

Update the Bathrooms

Budget-friendly bathroom upgrades are vital since these wet zones are some other key areas in a home that potential buyers always care about. You could start by replacing fixtures and fittings. Old, outdated fixtures can make a bathroom look tired and worn out. Consider replacing faucets, showerheads, and towel bars with new, modern options.

Storage is essential, too. Adding some shelving or a medicine cabinet can help create more storage space in a small bathroom and increase its attractiveness in turn. Swapping out old lights for new ones can also help instantly update a bathroom's look.

Work on the Living Room

The living room is often the first internal space potential buyers see when they walk into a home, so it must make a good impression. In this area, remember that simply rearranging your furniture can make the living room feel more spacious and inviting. Adding a few plants to the room can then help make it feel more alive and welcoming.

You might also like to update some décor elements. For instance, updating throw pillows, curtains, area rugs, artwork, and other items can help give your living room a fresh, updated look. 

Make Some Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Homeowners looking to sell their homes on a budget should consider making energy efficiency upgrades before listing their properties. Many potential homeowners are keen to purchase places that feature ways to help cut energy bills and lead a more sustainable life.

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make a home more energy-efficient is to replace old appliances with new, energy-saving models. Energy Star-certified appliances use up to 50% less energy than their non-certified counterparts, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars annually. 

Another way to make a home more energy-efficient is to improve its insulation. Proper insulation can help keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, lessening the need for heating and cooling systems and lowering energy bills. You could add weatherstripping to windows and doors, seal air leaks around pipes, vents, and ducts, and install attic insulation, among other steps. 

Plus, it’s worthwhile buying a low-profile ceiling fan or another fan unit for the main spaces of your home. Fans are much more affordable than air conditioning systems and use much less power. They’re also handy for use in many months of the year, making them appealing to most buyers. 

If you follow these steps to get your home ready to sell, you can stick to a budget while also ensuring your property generates as much interest – and as many solid offers – as possible.

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