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From Our Research -- How to Affordably Update Your Home Before Selling


Apr 30, 2020 by Tara Mastroeni

Many sellers wonder whether they should invest in home improvements before selling. In truth, the best thing to do is choose budget-friendly updates that will have a big impact. With that in mind, below is your guide on how to affordably update your home before selling. Use these tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.

Pump up the curb appeal

If your goal is to find budget-friendly ways to update your home before putting it on the market, curb appeal should be your first upgrade. After all, the way your home looks from the street often serves as a potential buyer's first impression. You'll want to ensure that it's one that makes a positive impact.

To that end, take some time to make sure that the outside of your home looks its best. Pressure-wash the exterior to get rid of any dirt and grime, plant plenty of fresh flowers, and above all, keep up a regular lawn maintenance schedule.

Update your paint colors

Painting is a relatively easy update you should consider. Realistically, a few coats of fresh paint can make a huge difference in the way your home looks and feels, yet it costs pennies on the dollar when compared to other home renovations.

That said, when you're preparing to sell, keep in mind that some paint colors are better choices than others. In this case, you'll want to focus on picking neutral shades that will appeal to the vast majority of buyers. Consider consulting with a real estate agent or stager before you start painting to get a sense of which shades will be the best fit.

Make some budget-friendly kitchen upgrades

Kitchen remodels often have some of the best returns on investment out of any home improvement projects. That said, full-scale kitchen remodels can get expensive very quickly, often costing thousands of dollars. With that in mind, you can experience the best of both worlds if you take the time to make a few budget-friendly kitchen upgrades.

As far as what we mean by upgrades, painting the kitchen cabinets is a good place to start, as is installing new hardware on all of the drawers. Beyond that, you may want to think about getting new granite countertops and installing a new tile backsplash.

Freshen up the bathroom

Similar to kitchen upgrades, updates in the bathroom can have a big impact on a potential buyer's impression of your home. With that in mind, you should make an effort to freshen up these spaces so that they appear as modern as possible. And here again, it is possible to do upgrades without launching into a full-scale remodel.

In this case, you'll want to change out the vanity and mirror into versions that are contemporary. You'll also want to invest in new accessories, such as a fresh shower curtain, new hand towels, and some updated wall art. However, above all, your goal should be to make the bathroom look as spotless as possible. In addition to giving it a good scrub-down, consider regrouting the tile if it needs to be refreshed.

The bottom line

Updating your home is often an important step toward getting it ready to hit the market. That said, it's important to be purposeful about the updates you make. Your goal should be to choose upgrades that have the biggest impact without breaking the bank. To that end, this guide should help you determine how to affordably update your home before selling. Follow these tips to get the most value out of any improvements you make to your home.

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