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$5,000: If your appliances are outdated, you may want to purchase a new cooktop, range and/or dishwasher.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.
$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.
$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
By Kim Hildenbrand of MyHomeIdeas.com