Pride of Ownership...that is one way to increase the equity in your home. A move in ready home will sell quickest and closest to the list price. This can be achieved with a little elbow grease and not always having to pay to have renovations done. If you are handy by nature, attending a do-it yourself workshop at one of the Big Box hardware stores is a great way to learn. I attended a ceramic tiling one years ago and you really can learn how to do it properly, and if you follow directions, can appear to be a pro job. Paying attention to detail is key!
Some fresh paint, nice curtains and tasteful decorating can always add to the value of your home as well. Shopping at places like Winners or Home Sense and finding great deals is a sure fire way to make your home look magazine ready all on a budget. Keeping your landscaping up is also a great way to add curb appeal. Typically a home is the biggest investment a person will ever make, be proud of it and keep it looking like you are.