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How to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value on a Budget


There are many reasons why people decide to sell their home. In some cases, they sell their old family home to move into a new, bigger one that better accommodates their family. In other cases, the reason for sale can be desperate in nature. People trying to pay off medical bills or those who simply figured out that their current financial situation demands a more modest home are also likely to sell their home. They are also likely to spend less when it comes to getting the home ready for sale, as their remodeling budget is more limited.

But you don’t need expensive room additions and hot tubs to spark your buyers’ interest. In fact, the most effective solutions are often the cheapest. Here are some ideas how you can increase your home’s resale value before calling in an experienced realtor to pitch the home to potential buyers.

Paint the Walls

The first and most impactful change you can make to your old home is repainting the walls. Depending on how long it has been since you’ve last done this, a fresh coat of paint might be the only thing your home needs to look brand new. Paint both the interior and exterior, but go for neutral colors. Bold color choices may be popular with designers today, but you never know whether your buyer will be a young entrepreneur or a senior couple.

Give the Home a Thorough Cleaning

No remodeling project is going to make a messy home more appealing. If you want to sell your home, you have to clean every single spot in your home. Start from the ground up: clean the floors, then move on to the walls, high surfaces, and the ceiling. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service. If not, make sure not to miss any corner. This cleaning project should be much more comprehensive than your average Sunday cleaning. This will also help you spot any issues or structural imperfections that might need addressing.

Lighting Can Be Your Friend and Foe

This is another effort that can make or break your sale. Make sure there’s enough natural light in the home by removing the dusty blinders and trimming any trees that might be keeping the sun out. If your home is not on the sunny side, add as much artificial lighting as you can. Light can help both hide and reveal any issues with your home. It can accent the good sides or make the bad even worse. Also, consider adding ambient lighting to key areas like the kitchen or the patio. LED lights are inexpensive but can make an incredible atmosphere that can help sell your home. Solar lights are also very much efficient to make your home gorgeous.

Air Conditioning is a Must

Having a functional AC unit is a must if you plan on selling your home. It’s paramount for both the buyers’ health and comfort. Make sure to clean the ducts, replace the filters and run the air conditioner to make sure everything is in order. You want the AC to be completely ready for the upcoming summer and the heating season.

Replace Affordable Appliances

You could greatly benefit from replacing affordable, used appliances in your kitchen like the toaster or the microwave. When getting new ones, make sure they are made out of stainless steel as they are much more durable and fit into any style.