8 Budget-Friendly Ideas To Make a House Appealing to Buyers

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(Newswire.net — October 23, 2023) — Homeowners planning to put their property on the market soon are often reluctant to shell out money on a renovation. That’s understandable, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Butreal estate agents everywhere agree—a home is more likely to sell faster and at a better price with even the simplest upgrades. Let this list of eight budget-friendly ideas inspire you to make your house more appealing to buyers.

1. Paint Exterior Doors

Painting your exterior doors adds significantly to what is called curb appeal or how a home first looks from the street. Instead of a neutral color or the same color it is now, try going with an accent color that will contrast nicely with the rest of the house. And if your front door is in ill repair, it’s best to just replace it.

2. Give Your Windows a Makeover

Replacing windows is a great investment, but it can be costly. Shine your windows with a thorough cleaning instead and replace any cracked window panes. If your blinds have yellowed and become unsightly, remove and replace them with drapes in a soft fabric and color.

3. Upgrade Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the most expensive parts of a home to renovate. One budget-friendly way to get that fresh updated look is with a fresh coat of paint and brand new cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Paint them in a neutral color so buyers will have a blank canvas to add their own personal touch. Instead of novelty knobs and pulls, go with brushed brass.

4. Add a Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is an easy way to add a high-end look to your kitchen. A contractor will do the job without breaking the bank, but installing a kitchen backsplash is one of the easiest DIY jobs around the house. You can find lots of YouTube tutorials to help you.

5. Clean or Replace Light Fixtures

Old, dingy light fixtures will make a home look dated. Upgrade yours with new ones that better reflect the style of your home such as minimalist, traditional, modern, or rustic. If you’re satisfied with your light fixtures, a good cleaning may be sufficient. Remove them, clean out dust and debris, and wash them in warm, soapy water.

6. Replace Switchplates and Outlet Covers

Switchplates and outlet covers can also look old and dingy, especially if your walls and cabinets are freshly painted. Take a trip to your local home store and pick out new ones. They’re not expensive and replacing them is easy.

7. Deep Clean Grout and Caulking

Dirt and grime build up over time on grout and caulking. Deep-clean the grout on tile flooring or tiled bathrooms and any caulking. It will make a surprising difference.

8. Powerwash

Lastly, give your home’s exterior, walkways, decks, and porches a good bath with a power washer. Don’t have a power washer? Invest in one if you can. They’re great to have. If necessary, one can be rented by the day.