If you want to increase your home’s value, you may be concerned that you need a huge budget. Fortunately, there are quite a few inexpensive upgrades and improvements that will make your home more attractive and valuable.
1. Replace Your Popcorn Ceiling
The sprayed-on, speckled look of popcorn ceilings, which were popular in the 1970s, now seem dated and unappealing. If you have this style in your home, test it for asbestos before you do anything else. If this is an issue, you’ll need to get the asbestos professionally removed. Otherwise, you can simply paint the ceiling to give it a more modern look.
2. Add Shelves and Other Storage Spaces
Storage helps you declutter your home. It also shows potential buyers that the home has plenty of places to store their belongings. Adding shelves is always a good strategy. Bathroom shelves are a welcome addition for holding toiletries and random items.
3. Give Rooms a New Look With Fresh Paint
Painting a room gives it a fresh and modern look. This works best if you choose neutral colors. While some people prefer bright colors, neutral colors are more relaxing and give a room a more contemporary look.
4. Enhance Your Window Frames and Trim
A simple way to upgrade your window frames is to add molding. Painting the trim will also give the windows a fresh look. If the window trim is dark, painting it a lighter color will give it a more modern appearance.
5. Improve Your Landscaping
Your lawn and yard make just as much of an impression on visitors and potential buyers as the inside of your home. Making a few simple upgrades, such as planting some attractive flowers, bushes or trees. Keep your lawn looking its best. Add some landscape lighting to showcase your yard when it’s dark.
6. Paint Your Bathtub
If you have an old, outdated bathtub, you don’t have to invest in a brand new tub. You can change the look simply by painting it. For best results, use a professional-grade spray gun. If the tub needs more substantial work, consider having the tiles refinished.
7. Remove Personalized Keepsakes
You may enjoy seeing pictures, photos and souvenirs displaying your children, extended family, pets, vacations and hobbies. If you’re showing your home to potential buyers, however, these items are a distraction and make it harder for them to visualize the space as theirs.
8. Create Another Bedroom
If your home has an extra room such as an office or den, transforming it into a bedroom will make it more appealing to a larger family. One way to do this is to add a large closet or wardrobe to the room.
9. Use Mirror to Decorate and Make Rooms Look Larger
A large mirror creates the illusion of more space. Mirrors, especially if they have attractive frames, are also an easy way to make a room more decorative. Find a style of mirror that matches the rest of your decor, whether that be antique or modern.
These are some easy and economical upgrades to consider. Remember that even small changes and improvements add up to the overall appearance of a home.