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f you're looking to sell your home, or just want it to feel more like yours, there are plenty of easy upgrades that will make a huge difference.
Some of these additions and changes can be done by anyone with a weekend's worth of time and the help of a friend who's good with tools. Others may require hiring professionals—but even that can be done on a budget if you know where to look. So go ahead:
Make your house more appealing from top to bottom!
1. New knobs and drawer pulls.
In the kitchen and bathroom, it's easy to change knobs and drawer pulls for less than $20. This is an easy upgrade that can make a big difference in the look of your kitchen or bathroom.
The process is simple: You'll need a screwdriver, new knobs/drawer pulls, and some patience (it may take into account how many drawers are being changed).
2. Remove old wallpaper
Wallpaper can be a real pain in the butt to remove, but if you plan it out, it's actually not all that difficult. Just make sure you have plenty of time and patience on hand before starting the project!
3. A fresh coat of paint.
A fresh coat of paint can bring a room to life. If you're looking for ways to make your home more comfortable, welcoming, and stylish without spending much money, consider painting the rooms that need it. Picking a color palette is the first step in creating an inviting space that will enhance your home's value and make you happy every time you walk through the door.
4. Add in some landscaping.
From the outside, your house needs to look like it’s worth something. It’s not enough to just have a nice front door and decent paint job on your exterior walls. Adding in some landscaping is a great way to help sell the idea of value.
Landscaping can be done over the course of one weekend, and it doesn't have to cost much money or require any heavy lifting by yourself (though there might be a little bit). Or, just hire someone who knows what they're doing!
5. Replace or paint old exterior doors.
Door replacement can be expensive, but it's worth it if you have old metal doors that leak cold air and let in noise from outside traffic. A new door will insulate better, keep out noise and protect against intruders better than an older door would. Not only will it improve the home's curb appeal, but it can also help increase your property value.
For a quick refresh without breaking the bank:
- Paint the doors a neutral color (like white)
- Replace hardware with simple fixtures (think square pulls instead of ornate doorknobs)
- Replace trim around both sides and top of door with molding grade trim pieces purchased at any hardware store for as little as $5 each; most offer easy-to-follow instructions for DIY installation
6. Paint interior doors and trim.
Painting your door and trim in a neutral color such as white or gray will brighten up any room while making it appear larger. You can also paint baseboards a contrasting color like black if you want more of an accent wall effect (just make sure they're dry before walking on
7. Add new door handles.
Replacing old door handles is one of the easiest, most effective ways to add value to your home. It's also one of the least expensive!
When done right, new handles can:
- match your existing theme
- be more modern and stylish than the old ones
- be decorative or artistic (such as a hand-painted polyresin or metal piece)
8. Get a new garage door or paint it.
You can freshen up the look of your home by painting your garage door. For example, if you want to make it stand out from the rest of your home, try painting it a different color. When done right, this is an inexpensive way to add curb appeal and value to your house.
You can also invest in a new garage door or have one installed that's more attractive than what's currently there. If you're not sure what kind of door would best suit your home, consult with a professional who has experience in designing custom garage doors for residential properties.
These are easy ways to make your home more valuable
If you're looking to add value to your home, these are some easy things you can do on your own that will make a big difference. Any of these upgrades will make your home look more modern and up to date, and they'll also increase its value significantly.
We hope you’re inspired to make some of these changes to your home.
For more real estate tips and tricks, check out our article How to Sell Your House for Top Dollar in This Market or learn from real estate agent, Ellen Jaffe Jones, how to get the most out of your listing and attract buyers who are willing to pay top dollar! Watch her share her tips in this video.