Get Your Home ready to sell at any budget

Get your home ready to sell at any budget



Impress potential buyers with these home-update tips for every budget: $100, $1,000 or $5,000. Take on several small projects or focus on one or two larger ones.

Reinvent the kitchen

$100: Install elegant cabinet knobs and drawer pulls for an instant makeover.

$1,000: Brighten the kitchen with a variety of lighting, such as under- and above-cabinet fixtures, pendants above an island or recessed lights. You can also install a sleek new sink and faucet.

$5,000: If your appliances are outdated, you may want to purchase a new cooktop, range and/or dishwasher. Look for styles with universal appeal; that means no avocado green. If your cabinets are less than stylish, consider refacing them for a fresh new look.

Beautify the bath

$100: Opt for a simple spruce-up by replacing accessories such as towel rings, toilet-paper holder and trash can. Top it off with luxurious soaps in a pretty dish, fluffy hand towels and fresh flowers.

$1,000: Swap out minor features that pack a major punch, including the faucet, cabinet knobs and pulls, and switch plates. Depending on your needs, you can apply the rest of your budget to wallpaper, window treatments and/or a new lighting fixture.

$5,000: Does your bath need an overhaul? Depending on your choices and DIY skills, you can add a new bathtub, toilet, vanity and/or backsplash.

Rejuvenate the bedroom

$100: Hang a mirror in a small bedroom to make it look larger. If you’ve considered purchasing a new bedspread, do so now.

$1,000: Refresh the bedrooms with a coat of paint in a soothing shade. If needed, enhance the closet with new doors or shelves. For privacy, add attractive window treatments, such as shades, blinds or curtains.

Curb appeal

$100: Rejuvenate a wood deck by applying a stain and sealant. You can also paint faded trim and shutters for a quick refresher.

$1,000: Boost curb appeal with a new entry door, attractive outdoor light fixture, elegant address numbers and a new doormat.

$5,000: If your home’s exterior is extremely faded or peeling, consider having it painted or new siding.

Lawn and garden

$100: "Beautifying your garden and landscaping puts a happy face on the outside of the home,” says Julie Reynolds, spokeswoman at Move Inc. For an attractive lawn, apply a product to banish weeds. Also, be sure to trim the hedges and prune the trees. Add a pop of color by planting flowers or grouping pots of blooms on the porch.

$1,000: If your lawn is barren or unkempt, consider more extensive landscaping. You can lay sod, plant hedges and trees for privacy and shade, and arrange pavers to create an attractive path.

General repairs

$100: “Elbow grease is the cheapest thing anyone can apply to make a home sell faster,” says Julie Reynolds, spokeswoman at Move Inc. Where to start? Replace burned-out light bulbs, patch any holes in the walls, fix jammed doors and drawers, recaulk the tub and shower, and replace cracked or broken floor and wall tiles.

$1,000: If it’s in your budget, tackle larger repairs. Replace any broken windows, repair out-of-commission appliances, fix leaky faucets and replace damaged doors.

$5,000: If your roof leaks or your driveway is damaged, you may want to address it before you sell.

Seek out services

$100: To eliminate clutter and make rooms look larger, place extra furniture and other items in storage. Or, have your existing carpet professionally cleaned for a like-new look.

$1,000: If you’re too busy to keep the house in tip-top shape, hire a cleaning service once a month while the home is on the market. If your yard is an issue, consider hiring a lawn service to do regular mowing and edging. Or, consult a home-staging service that employs special techniques to prepare homes for selling

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