Increase Your Home's Value with a Small Budget and Some Elbow Grease

A home seller's guide to low-cost projects that will increase your home's value and deliver a big return on investment.

Sellers who want to increase the value of their home without spending a lot of money can do so with a few low-budget home improvement projects. Sellers can save even more money using little elbow grease instead of hiring a professional. If you are thinking of selling your North Carolina home, set yourself up for success by completing these low-cost, DIY projects that will increase your home’s value.

Replace Your Front Door

Replacing your older front door with a new steel entry door improves curb appeal and increases the energy efficiency of your home. This low-cost home improvement project comes with an affordable price tag and delivers a high ROI. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report,” homeowners who replace their older front door with a new steel front entry door will recover 75% of that cost at resale.

Update Your Landscaping

Updating landscaping is another budget friendly way to add curb appeal and attract interested buyers. Perhaps best of all, homeowners don’t even need to hire a professional to help with this home improvement project. A few hundred dollars spent on landscaping items like flowers or shrubs and some working hours can make a big difference. Even just one weekend of planting, pruning and cleaning up your yard before listing your home for sale can yield valuable returns.

Give Your Home a Bath

Does your home’s exterior look a little dull? You may think you need to spend a lot of money to paint your home. However, giving the exterior of your home a good cleaning may do the trick. You can rent a pressure washer or hire someone to pressure wash your home’s exterior. Another option is to use a soap and brush hose attachment to give your home a bath. Whatever method you choose, don’t forget to clean sidewalks and walkways.

New Hardware and Fixtures

Two of the rooms in your home that draw the most attention from buyers are the kitchen and bathroom. A low-cost and fast way make those rooms more buyer-friendly is to replace cabinet hardware and fixtures in the bath and sink. This project, like others on this list, is one a homeowner can often complete without having to hire a professional.

Add Fresh Caulk in Bathrooms and Kitchen

Whether or not you decide to add a new sink, bath, and shower fixtures, you should replace old, discolored caulk with fresh, new caulk. Because kitchens and bathrooms get more scrutiny, this is another DIY project which will make a good impression on buyers. In fact, if you give the fixtures a good shining and add new caulk, it can give the impression of an updated bathroom.

Clean Carpets, Curtains and Couches

Hiring a professional carpet cleaner, or renting equipment and doing the cleaning yourself, and having your carpets, curtains, and furniture deep cleaned is a low-budget item that is well worth the cost. Not only will cleaning create a more visually appealing space, the fresh smell is a nice and inviting bonus as well. First impressions go a long way, and this is one budget-friendly way to make a substantial and lasting first impression.

Depersonalize and Declutter Your Home

While you may not consider this a home improvement project, removing personal items and clutter will add value to your home in the eyes of buyers. The great thing about this task is that it doesn’t cost any money. In fact, it could make you money if you have a yard sale or garage sale to sell the items you remove during your decluttering efforts.

To find other ways you could help sell your home faster and for the right price, consult with your listing agent. They will be able to provide valuable insights into your local real estate market. Ready to list your North Carolina home for sale? Contact us at Red Door Company to experience a smarter, more successful way to sell your home.