These budget-friendly updates to sell your home are easy to do and don’t take long at all! Make these improvements for a big impact on a small budget!
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Budget-Friendly Updates to Help Sell Your Home
If you are not selling your home “As-Is,” most of us will need to put in a little elbow grease to make our home look new and shiny again! It’s easy to let things go when you live in a house for years! We all have lives outside of taking care of our homes!
I’m a home decor and DIY blogger, and I still have incomplete home projects that I just can’t seem to finish! Buyers want to see clean contemporary spaces if they have a choice. If all buyers were like me, they’d beg you to keep the lime green tile in the bathroom and carpet in the kitchen. I love a good fixer-upper, but most buyers don’t.
When you are selling your house you are speaking to the masses.
Assuming that you don’t have any major work to be completed, here are some indoor budget-friendly updates you can easily accomplish to help sell your home! Some of these can be completed in a few minutes other can be completed in a weekend!
Budget-Friendly Updates to Sell Your Home:
- Paint your walls (and/or trim) a neutral color
- Change dated light fixtures
- Update cabinet/bathroom hardware
- Paint your kitchen cabinets
- Improve your kitchen backsplash
- Add updated accessories to your space (rugs, pillows, lamps
Related: 6 Real Tips: “How to get Your House Ready to Sell”
Paint your walls and trim
I always say that paint is your best friend when selling your home! It can make the largest impact on a small budget! Buyers want to see neutral colors. Not only do neutral colors make a room feel larger, but they allow the buyers to focus on the space. Great neutral colors are gray, white, taupe, and beige.
Change dated light fixtures
If a light fixture has been in your home untouched for 20 years, most likely it is going to be outdated. Of course there are exceptions, but most of the time, you’ll want to replace lights if they remind you of a much younger “you!” You can easily find light fixtures at a reasonable price from home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
Here are some great options for light fixtures when selling:
Update cabinet/bathroom hardware
This is one of my favorite ways to update an outdated piece of furniture or kitchen cabinets! Not all kitchen cabinets need to be painted. Sometimes just updating a knob or pull to something more current, makes a big improvement!
Here are some great options for trending cabinet hardware:
Paint your kitchen cabinets
This is a larger project, but can still be cost effective! If you grab a few cans of paint at your local home improvement store, you won’t break the bank, but you will see immediate updates in your kitchen! Stick with neutrals on your kitchen cabinets as well. Make sure you properly prepare your cabinets and seal them so that they are in good shape for your buyers!
Chalk paint is a great type of paint to use on your kitchen cabinets. Annie Sloan and Rustoleum are two brands that I have used in the past and have had great success with. Home Depot can make any color of paint chalk paint for you. Just ask the person behind the paint counter about doing that.
Improve your kitchen backsplash
This seems like a small piece of the puzzle, but by improving this part of your kitchen, it can really change the look of the whole space! To keep your budget low, you can try things like peel and stick tiles, painting your backsplash like I did, covering it with bead board or tin. You can certainly get creative, but remember to appeal to the masses, since you are selling your house!
Here are some great options for updating your backsplash on a budget:
Add updated accessories
Adding new updated accessories can really help change the look and feel of the space! Imagine your whole house is now painted a nice neutral color. Strategically placing fresh new pieces around your home will make your home, that much more enticing! Here are the accessories that are affordable and easy to work with when staging your home:
- throw pillows and blankets
- vases and trays
- curtains and shades
- table cloth
- tabletop accessories
For more ideas on ways to update your home, check out the post, “8 Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers!” Spending a little time and money on your home in preparation for selling makes a huge difference! You have to think of it as an investment. The more you put in, the more you will get out!
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