When you decide to sell your home, maximum profit will result when the property is clean, well-maintained, and up-to-date. Upgrades don’t have to be too expensive to be impressive. Here are ten ideas that may cost under $1,000 each.
ADD A WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM.
A whole-house water filtration system can remove pollutants and chemicals from every faucet in your home. No filtering pitcher or bottled water! You’ll enjoy this now and potential buyers will be impressed!
INSTALL A PROGRAMABLE THERMOSTAT.
Heating your home accounts for more than 40% of your total energy usage according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to customize for your family’s heating or cooling needs throughout the day. Energy companies tell us that reducing your home’s temperature by just a degree or two while you sleep can lead to big monthly savings. You might even consider a WiFi-enabled thermostat that your smartphone can control.
UPGRADE YOUR ELECTRICAL OUTLETS OR ADD MORE GROUNDED OUTLETS.
If you have an older home, you may have two-prong-receptacle outlets. It’s an easy upgrade to replace these with grounded, three-prong outlets or GFCI receptacles if the boxes are grounded. An even easier update is replacing old-looking switches with new ones. Another choice is a new outlet with a USB port or timer for lighting control.
UPDATE YOUR FIXTURES.
A bathroom or kitchen can have a brand-new look with new cabinet handles or pulls; new hardware is a simple update when new cabinets are outside your budget. A new kitchen faucet with a sprayer is practical and appeals to buyers.
REPLACE THE TOILET.
If your toilet is old, outdated, or cracked, purchase a new one or visit a repurposing store to look for an almost-new secondhand toilet. A new seat is always a good way to make your older toilet look new again.
REGLAZE THE BATHTUB.
Potential homebuyers always pull back the shower curtain hoping for a shiny new tub. For just a few hundred dollars, your existing old tub can be reglazed in a day and ready for use in just a few. Do it yourself or call a professional.
INSTALL A TILE FLOOR.
The darkest old bathroom can be brightened up with a shiny new tile floor. Tile is easy to clean, resists allergens and microbes, and wears well. Start your search at a flooring liquidator or home improvement store. If you save money on material, you can hire a professional installer!
ADD NEW BLINDS OR PLANTATION SHUTTERS.
If you still have aluminum blinds or old vertical blinds, consider replacing them now. New window coverings can instantly update your home. If your windows are a standard width, you can purchase basic wood blinds at a home improvement store; they will cut them for you to make slight adjustments in width. If you need a very irregular size, you may have to special order. Plantation shutters can give a truly upscale look if they fit your style. If you are even a little bit handy, you can probably handle installation.
REPLACE YOUR FRONT DOOR.
Give your home a face-lift. Replace or repaint your front door. Choose a practical door with security and safety in mind. Color can make your front door a statement.
ADD A WALKWAY.
A new path that leads to your front door can dress up your curb appeal. Brick pavers are traditional and classic but stone, concrete, or pebbles may better match your home’s style. Whatever you choose, a walkway is welcoming to guests and buyers.