4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Add to Your Home Value

Not quite ready to sell this spring? The benefit of waiting to sell is that this gives you plenty of time to cross some home projects off of your list and increase its value in the meantime. Here are four easy, budget-friendly ways to add to your home value before you put your home on the market.

Give it a deep cleaning.

With just a few sponges and household cleaner, you have the tools to give your home a deep cleaning, which will inevitably add to your home value when it comes time to sell. Now’s the perfect time to declutter your home from top to bottom. Embrace the spring cleaning season and get into every nook and cranny of your home. Donate items, categorize and organize your closets and drawers, and then don’t be afraid of getting rid of things altogether to truly make your home shine.

Get rid of your carpet.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to swap out your carpet for hardwood flooring. Not only does upgrading your home with hardwood flooring dramatically change the appearance of your home (no more carpet stains and smells, here!), but experts say that the average return on your investment for them is between 70 and 80 percent! The great thing is that you can also do this on your own and on a budget. All it takes is removal of the carpet, sanding of your floors, staining and sealing, and you’ll have gleaming hardwood floors in no time! If you don’t have existing hardwood flooring beneath your carpet, you can opt for installing brand new hardwood floors or budget-friendly options including laminate, bamboo, vinyl and more!

Say ‘goodbye’ to popcorn ceilings, too.

While you’re at it, you might as well get rid of your popcorn ceilings when you’re swapping out your carpet for hardwood or other alternative flooring. You might have gotten used to your popcorn ceilings over the years, but like hardwood flooring, buyers are expecting to see smooth ceilings. Not only does a smooth ceiling modernize your space and add to your home value, but it prevents dust from collecting in your ceiling, making this a no-brainer project to tackle before selling. Before you start scraping your ceilings, have a professional come to make sure your ceilings aren’t carrying asbestos. Once you’re in the clear, prep the room by covering the walls, furniture and floors in plastic so that you don’t get dust everywhere. Then, you can remove the popcorn ceiling by wetting the area to soften the paint, then begin scraping your ceilings with a wide putty knife. You’ll likely have to go back over with sandpaper to perfectly smooth out the surface before painting.

Paint your home.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is another easy way to quickly update your home and increase its value. The time and cost to do so is little, but the payoff is huge! Paint your home using a neutral color palette incorporating white, off-white or even light gray tones. This way, more natural light will reflect in your home making it appear more spacious and it will also appeal to more buyers.