A Budgetary Approach to Home Improvements

A Budgetary Approach to Home Improvements


By Brian Simpson

One of the more frustrating things about selling your home can be learning how much money you are expected to put into it to help it sell. Or, you may be looking to make your home a more welcoming place, but you are not wanting to spend a lot. Luckily, there are a many small, but cost effective improvements you can make that will help improve your home on a limited budget.

No one appreciates a house that feels or looks like a cave, so you want your home to feel and appear spacious and light to all who enter. The best way to do this is to make sure it is spotless.

Tidy your home before putting it on the market.

Get rid of dust, dirt, and grime and make sure it sparkles. Put away clutter that gives the impression of a home that is too small. Make sure there are no cobwebs. Even straightening a bookshelf and making beds will make rooms feel bigger and brighter.

Adding a few lamps, even small, inexpensive ones can help when you market your home. Make sure all the blinds and curtains are open and the windows are very clean. Especially check the windowsills, as they can detract from modern windows and beautiful curtains.

Replace any light bulbs that are burned out and make sure they are all turned on unless you have great natural light. You don’t want your buyers to think about your home’s dark rooms when they leave.

You want your home to make a good impression, but there are many different ways to do this. When you are short on cash and need to make the home look attractive, you will need to accept that you are going to spend some time working on it.

Start by fixing the little things that only require a small amount of money. Patch all the holes in the walls, including nail holes. You will probably also need to wash the walls.

If you have any squeaky doors or drawers that don’t open or close smoothly you will want to fix these as well. One great way to open up your home and give it a great new finish is to paint it or put down a new carpet.

For a few hundred dollars you may be able to raise the asking price by thousands of dollars. Although it is pricier than many other “fixes”, painting is one of the best investments you can make in selling your home.

When repainting you will want to use neutral colors that reflect light (think whites, beiges, tans, and creams). This will help make rooms appear larger and the house more spacious.

When you are showing your house there are also a lot of little things to do that will help it look better to the buyer. Smells, including bad odors, can have a huge impact so either burn a candle, use an air freshener or bake cookies just before the buyer arrives.

Lastly, remember not to take it personally when you change your entire home to sell it or redo it. Think about how you get to enjoy your new or better home instead!

Author Information

Brian Simpson has spent many years buying and selling property. He believes that cheap home improvements can often add more value to a property. Simple re-decorating, including the addition of electric fire suites, adds value to the home.

Photo Credit: Jeinny Solis S.


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