January 26th, 2017 at 11:00 am


We know how important your home is to you, and that selling it is a big decision. That is why our agents are here to walk you through the process and guide you every step of the way. They also work to ensure you are getting top dollar for one of your most prized possessions: your home.

If you are thinking of selling your home this year, or even in the near future, you might want to consider making some upgrades and increasing the value of your home. Even if you’re not going to sell it for a few years, you can enjoy the upgrades now until the time comes.

A common misconception is that you need to make lots of costly upgrades to your home for it to sell. But, if everything is functioning, clean, and up to code in your home, you shouldn’t have to spend much to give it a refresh and increase its value.

Here are six upgrades you can easily make with a modest budget. If you are selling soon, make sure you implement these upgrades before you have professional photos (yes, professional) taken of your home. Since so many buyers are online, quality photos that represent your home accurately are more important than ever. Photos can make all the difference because they can draw potential customers in, or deter them from coming to see your home at all.

Once you make these upgrades, be sure to review our tips on how to get your home ready to sell.

Focus on the front door


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: First impressions are everything. You want potential buyers to feel welcome and like they are stepping into a home that has been loved and well taken care of. If you set the right mood from the moment they approach your home, they are more likely to enter feeling eager to see more.

If your door is still in good shape, consider a fresh coat of paint. If it’s seen better days or looks outdated, a whole new door might be the way to go.

Upgrade your ceiling fans

Or add them to rooms that don’t currently have them. If your fans are outdated, swap them out for sleek, modern-looking fans that won’t clash with existing furnishings. Select a design and color that is neutral and pleasing to the eye, one that will not draw too much attention.

Fresh paint for every room

This might not be the quickest fix, but if you’re willing to spend a few weekends to freshen up the interior walls in your home, it will definitely be worth it. If you currently have some bold colors, we suggest painting over them with more neutral shades. Everyone has their own preference, and a clean slate will make it easier for buyers to picture themselves in what could possibly be their new home.

Touch up in the bathroom

You may not be able to afford new countertops or to re-tile the shower, but swapping out the faucets and hardware for newer, more modern fixtures can have an immediate impact on the overall look and feel of your bathroom. Don’t forget to wash your shower curtain or hang a new one if your shower calls for one.

Plus, if you still have the standard mirrors that came with your home when it was built, adding a frame to them will create a more elegant look.

Mulch makes it better


Adding a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds or anywhere there is unattractive and exposed dirt will help to give your yard a fresh, manicured look. If your yard lacks foliage, mulch can still help it look better than having nothing at all. Don’t forget to mow your lawn and trim back any overgrown plants.

Make a (back)splash in the kitchen

A backsplash will update your kitchen without costing you too much, especially if you opt for peel-and-stick tiles that require little work. Steer away from trendy styles or bold colors; you’ll want something that anyone can work with.

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