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Home Updates Under $1,000 To Prepare To Sell

Small Changes, Big Impact

We’ve put together our list of home improvement ideas under $1,000 that can add major value when listing your home! These small home improvement projects can make a big impact on your home’s overall appeal.

Upgrade Your Front Door

First impressions are everything. Enhance your curb appeal, and impress buyers with a front door that reflects your home’s style and personality. First impressions are lasting impressions, and your home’s first impression happens at the front door. When choosing a new door, the style should accent the architecture of your home and flow with the color scheme.

Also, keep your neighborhood in mind when choosing a new door. If you’re looking to appeal to a wide range of buyers, we suggest sticking with darker, traditional colors such as black, brown, or grey. 

Price: $500- $1,000

Time: 1 Day

Modernize Light Switches and Outlets

To add a fresh, modern touch to an older home, swap out your beige toggle light switches to white rocker switches for a modern glow-up. You can even take this a step further and add home automation to your lights with Google Nest or Amazon Alexa. This adds major value to buyers, who are looking for an extra modern touch and additional home security. The technology can also improve energy efficiency. For example, Dimmers can help save 40% of your electrical usage.

Price: $50-$100

Time: 1-2 Days 

Add Recessed Lighting

Don’t underestimate the power of light in a space. If you’re looking to brighten up a space in your home, recessed lighting is an elegant and modern solution. Recessed LED lighting creates an inviting atmosphere to attract homebuyers, while gloomy or dark spaces evoke an older feel to the home and can turn off potential buyers. Energy-efficient LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional lighting. Additionally, you don’t have to replace the bulbs as frequently because LED bulbs last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Many homeowners choose to hire an electrician to do the job depending on the size of the project, but you can also learn how to install recessed lighting yourself.

Price: $100 for a four-pack of recessed lights

Time: 1-3 Days 

Freshen Up Interior Paint

The one change that will give you the biggest bang for your buck is to freshen up your interior paint. It is the easiest and cheapest way to enhance the value of a home, and give it a fresh updated feel. While we can appreciate an accent wall, when getting ready to sell, we recommend neutral paint colors throughout the home, to appeal to most buyers. According to Consumer Reports, painting your interior walls can bump your home value by 1% to 3%.

There are plenty of neutral paint options with options for both warm and cool color palettes, so you won’t have to second-guess whether it works with your existing color scheme. And if you don’t mind getting to work, painting is a great beginner project that can save you major cash. Professional painters can charge up to $800 to paint a 10-foot-by-12-foot room, you can DIY for $100 to $300.

Price: $500- $1,000 depending on the scope of the project

Time: 1-4 Days 

Minor Bathroom Upgrade

Traditional bathroom remodels can cost up to $10,000 but you can still get a bang for your buck with small projects that can yield major impact. Does your bathroom have a dated appearance? Purchase a new vanity with storage at Home Depot or Lowes, install new hardware, and add new light fixtures for a transformation that will reap more in the home sale and not break the bank. 

If your bathroom tile has moldy or worn grout, you may want to have it cleaned and repaired. The average cost for tile grout cleaning and professional touch-up is $225 to $300. If your bathtub needs a re-fresh, consider having it glazed for around $400, which is less than purchasing a new tub. 

Price: $400-$700

Time: 3 Days 

Spruce up Exterior Landscaping

Curb appeal is crucial any time of year. For a few hundred dollars, you can freshen up your home’s exterior appearance, which we highly recommend if you are going to list your home in the spring or summer. Fresh mulch, flowers, trimmed hedges, and green grass can go a long way.

Price: $300-$500

Time: 2-3 Days