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When you’re on the hunt for a new home, it’s lots of fun to dream up all the ways you can fix it up to make it your own. A can of paint inspires all sorts of possibilities.
When you’re on the selling end, however, all that possibility looks more like dollar signs and weekends of work. We get it: It’s hard to get motivated to spend your hard-earned cash to fix up your home just so someone else can enjoy it. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank to make the sale.
Here are seven fixes you can tackle for under $500.
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1. Make Room for Buyer Imagination: $0
Before you pull out the wallet, create a clean slate by ditching the clutter, packing up family pictures, and scrubbing your home down to a shine. Even the small changes make a big impact—and best of all, it’s free! Once you’ve exhausted your elbow grease, it’s time to get down to details.
2. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint: $200
Paint and supplies will probably take up the biggest chunk of your budget because it’s the quickest way to transform your entire space. Keep costs low by doing it yourself. You can find great deals on recycled paint, which is available in a range of neutrals. While you’re at it, grab some basic white for touching up the trim inside and out.
3. Up Your Curb Appeal: $50
First impressions get buyers through the door but don’t have to cost a fortune. Save money by borrowing a pressure washer from a friend or family member and freshening up the landscaping with free mulch from the city. Simple entryway additions—like potted flowers, a new welcome mat and a bold color on the front door—make a big difference without a huge investment.
4. Create a Cozy Place to Gather: $50
Comfort is key when it comes to your home’s prime living space. Add a punch of color to the sofa with a pair of patterned pillows and drape a super-soft throw over the back of an armchair. A couple of strategically placed baskets provide an easy place to store remote controls and other knick-knacks before home showings.
5. Refresh Kitchen Details: $75
Can’t afford a complete kitchen facelift? No problem! This is a great place to sweat the small stuff. Buy decorative kitchen towels and dress cabinets up with modern hardware. A bowl of fresh fruit or a vase of cut flowers will brighten up your kitchen island.
6. Set a Relaxing Mood in the Master Bedroom: $100
Everyone wants a special place to retreat to at the end of the day. So why not create a relaxing space that puts buyers at ease? Score spa-like bedding at your neighborhood discount store and add a touch of luxury with a few extra throw pillows.
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7. Go for Squeaky Clean: $25
Revamp your bathroom by eliminating any trace of ick. Stock up on fresh towels, shower curtain liners and pretty soaps at the local dollar store. A tube of caulk does double-duty by banishing mildew and creating neat edges around the bathtub.
Of course, every home is unique, and your budget may look different. If some of these fixes don’t make sense for you, feel free to try some of your own!
Need help figuring out where to focus your fix-up dollars? Ask a real estate pro to point you in the right direction. A good agent can help you prioritize your to-dos and keep you from spending a dime more than necessary to get top dollar for your home.
If you’re ready to sell your home but aren’t sure where to start, we can introduce you to an agent in your area who’s earned Dave’s seal of trust.