Are you looking to put your house on the market but need some economical hacks to spruce it up first? Even a well-maintained home can use a few tweaks to freshen it up before putting it on the market and some simple upgrades can easily add thousands of dollars to your home’s value. These easy fixes will work just as well if you want to upgrade for your own enjoyment.
Cost versus payback can differ subject to your home’s condition and the real estate market in your area. Remember, these are economical home hacks that deliver a big bang for your buck!
1. Kitchens are still the hub of the home. Potential home buyers head for the kitchen first so make sure yours looks clean and sensibly updated.
- For a small outlay, switch out the kitchen faucet set and add new cabinet handles.
- Old lighting fixtures can be kicked up a notch with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
- Cabinet doors and drawers can be treated to a fresh coat of paint, they’ll look like new.
- Fancy a bit of DIY? Replacement cabinet doors and door fronts are available from outlets like Home Improvement or The Home Depot.
- If your kitchen appliances don’t match, consider new doors or face panels for them.
- Our value tip? Many dishwasher panels are white on one side and black on the other. All that’s necessary is to undo the screws, slide out the panel and turn it around.
2. Don’t ignore the bathrooms, the next most important areas in your home. Like your kitchen, bathrooms can also benefit from economical home hacks that won’t break the bank.
- Spring for a new toilet seat.
- Consider a pedestal sink, easy for the DIY savvy homeowners to install.
- Dingy tub and shower? If the toothbrush treatment doesn’t work, why not re-grout and replace any broken tiles.
3. Never underestimate the transformative power of good lighting. Improving your lighting is one of those economical home hacks you can tailor to fit your budget
- Boring recessed lights in main rooms can be replaced with a striking chandelier.
- There is an extensive range of inexpensive, but nice-looking, ceiling fixtures available at home stores.
- Got a ceiling fan and light? What about buying replacement fan blades to update the fixture’s look?
4. Before buyers even come into your home, they must come through the front door! Let your doors talk for you.
- A nice, chunk of hardware on the front door is a tip-off… this is a solid home!
- Are you stuck with a basic steel front door? Paint it for more eye appeal.
5. Is your home short of storage options? Older homes often lack storage, especially closets and adding storage is an economical home hack you can enjoy even if you’re not ready to sell yet.
- Add DIY wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms, pantries and entry closets.
- There are online companies where you can measure and redesign your closets.
- Design details and parts for closet systems can be found at large home-improvement stores.
6. Turn a den or study into another bedroom. Often the only reason a den isn’t a bedroom is because it doesn’t have a closet; adding a closet gives you another bedroom. This is another economical home hack that adds a lot of value.