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12 Budget-Friendly Improvements That Will Boost Your Home’s Selling Price

Selling, soon? You’re about to learn that when it comes to selling a house, you CAN judge a book by its cover. Some call it curb appeal. I call it the little things that get potential buyers through the front door, and that’s what matters most. 

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Refresh the landscape

Spread new mulch in flower beds and around the base of trees. Lay down new sod, swap out failing bushes with fresh ones. Introduce color, either in the flower beds or with potted flowers. Even a small touch can make such a big difference.

Spruce up the entrance

Invest in a new front door or give the current one a fresh coat of paint. Make sure the porch is immaculately clean. If your house number and mailbox appear worn, consider replacing them.

Take down window treatments

Unless they’re modern and of high quality, they need to go. This reduces the chance of discouraging potential buyers with different tastes. Uncovered windows also allow more natural light into the rooms. As Christian advises, you can’t predict what buyers prefer when it comes to window coverings. If you have a contract, you can always offer the window treatments you removed.

Swap your light fixtures and plumbing fixtures

If yours are no longer in style, change them out. Let your local home improvement store be your guide for what is most popular how. Updating old ceiling lights and bathroom faucets can give your home a modern look without breaking the bank.

Clarify space to clear up confusion

Make sure to fix any areas that might leave potential buyers puzzled. If you have an unusual alcove, consider adding a desk or a dresser to show how the space can be utilized most effectively. Many homes have quirks or issues that can be fixed visually, so don’t leave potential buyers wondering.

Remove popcorn ceilings

Some people may be deterred by these ceilings, but be cautious because those in homes built before 1979 may contain asbestos. This isn’t a DIY task, so you should hire a licensed professional to handle it. For newer ceilings, you can wet and scrape them. Alternatively, if the ceilings are high enough, consider placing drywall over them to create new ceilings.

Opt for partial renovations

Instead of completely overhauling an outdated bathroom, think about getting a new vanity and updating the current bathtub’s appearance. In the kitchen, keep the existing cabinets but swap out the countertops and hardware.

Return rooms to their original purposes

If your dining room has become an office, convert it back to a dining room. If your third bedroom serves as an office, transform it back into a bedroom. You can still showcase a photo of the room’s alternative potential use if you like.

Could you replace the stained, shabby carpet?

You can attempt cleaning it initially, but dirty carpets usually put buyers off. In certain situations, it’s more advantageous to remove the carpet if it’s covering up hardwood.


This involves storing family photos and clearing the refrigerator of children’s drawings (and any other personal items). You want prospective buyers to imagine their own family living in the house.

Clean meticulously

Give the entire house a thorough cleaning before listing it to make everything sparkle. Don’t forget to clean the windows.


While your daughter may adore her pink room, potential buyers won’t. Choose neutral colors for all rooms. A fresh coat of paint also gives the house a more contemporary and updated appearance.

It goes without saying, but let me say it anyway: You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression!




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  1. Cally Ross says:

    maybe call me old fashioned, but we always looked at a potential home from a viewpoint of changing it to become our own. we looked for the potential, not the present decor/arrangement/usage. you can’t please everyone, and chances are good, the new owners are going to undo, or re-do whatever you chose. clean and tidy are a must, the rest…. who knows.

  2. Gayle Kush says:

    I would never replace carpet, even if it’s worn, or paint undamaged walls, just because of color. People are going to change that right away and you won’t recoup that money. I would however offer money to domthose things if it because a deal breaker. The same with light fixtures, faucets and shower heads. All personal preferences and I would not waste money on my old house that I could use updating my new one!


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