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How to Add Value to Your Home on a Budget in 7 Easy Steps

Man making home repairs on a budget

When you increase your home’s value, you receive top dollar for your property. Invest money in your home, and you’re sure to earn it back. You don’t have to pay for major renovations at first—we share how to add value to your home on a budget with seven relatively inexpensive upgrades.
Perform a deep clean

To make your home sparkle, call a professional cleaning service. With determination and a little elbow grease, you may even be able to do this yourself!

We’re sure you dust, mop, and vacuum your home on a regular basis, but you should also do the following from time to time:
  • Steam clean the carpets
  • Wash the windows
  • Replace broken window screens
Replace old light fixtures

An interesting fixture modernizes the home and captures everybody’s attention. If you notice outdated fixtures, it may be time to replace them. After you hang them, don’t forget to swap out the light bulbs - you don’t want to settle for dim lighting. Additionally, if necessary, switch out the outlet plates.

Power wash your home’s exterior

Over time, your home’s siding collects dirt and becomes visually dull. The service may cost a couple hundred dollars, but the results are priceless. You can also power wash the deck, driveway, and sidewalk.

Pay attention to your lawn

Lawn care is one of the easiest ways to make your home look pristine without spending a fortune. It may not seem like this investment is certain to bring return, but a well-kept lawn transforms your home’s appearance.

A neglected landscape decreases value, so here are some ways to avoid low curb appeal:
  • Add new plants or shrubs
  • Control weeds
  • Clear overgrown patches
  • Add hanging plants to the entryway
Reimagine your home’s paint

Need a quick way to enhance your home’s interior? Add some paint. You probably want to paint your favorite bold colors on the wall, but if you want to sell your home, these colors might not serve you well.

Don’t go wild. Instead, opt for neutral colors. This way, potential buyers can use your blank canvas to easily imagine their own interior decorating ideas.

Update your floors

Flooring is another important aspect of your home’s interior. It ties your d├ęcor, furniture, and walls together. If you have old carpets, consider installing wood, as it’s very desirable. Or, if you already have wood floors, restore them with the help of a local professional. If you’d like to refinish your wood floors, professionals can also sand them down and apply a sealer or stain and finish.

Maintain the basics
Whether you need to hire the professionals to repair your furnace or window well, investing in the necessary—but often overlooked—basics can go a long way.