"I'm sorry, what did you just say? But I bought it for $$$$$!"
If that sounds like you when you got your home appraised for sale, then this article is for you. Home appraisals are mostly based on facts and trends, but there is some opinion involved.
If you get an appraisal value that you think is below your homes' true worth, you don't have to spend thousands on upgrades.
Here are four quick home improvement tips that can take your appraisal from "no way" to "yay!" in just one weekend.
1. Repaint Your Walls
Even if you don't think your walls are dirty, they are. There oil marks from hands running over them, dust on the baseboards, and just general wear and tear.
Even if you paint the room the same color it was, you'll be shocked at how much difference a fresh coat of paint can make.
2. Add Some Sort of Kitchen Upgrade
Whether it's a water filtration system that you add to the sink or changing out your old cabinets for open storage, anything you do to your kitchen can add to the value of your home.
You don't have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on it—even just replacing your custom kitchen cabinets and drawer pulls can give your kitchen a facelift on a budget.
Need a simple project that has a big impact? Cut-and-stick tile backsplash will change the look of your kitchen immediately, and it should only take one afternoon.
3. Paint Your Front Door
If you're really low on funds or time, try painting your front door. You can google "best front door colors" or "front door color trends" to get an idea of what color to choose.
A bright or welcoming front door will give buyers a positive feeling just by entering your house. Plus, you just may smile when you walk through it while you're still living there, too!
4. Call a Professional Move-Out Cleaning Service
As clean as you think you are, one person can only get so much done. Instead of doing the move-out clean yourself, call a specialized move-out home cleaner service. They'll do everything from wash your windows to shampoo your carpets, and it's totally worth the cost.
If you have a home you're struggling to sell, good clean can help. Still can't get it off the market? Find out more about your options.
Follow These Quick Home Improvement Tips for a Big Impact
Whether you decide to use these home improvement tips to paint your front door or redo your backsplash, we hope it makes the impact you need it to.
Before you take on any of these projects, make sure you read about how to do them in more detail. This is a tip list, not a tutorial for each one. But no matter which you choose, trying more than one (or all) the tips on this list is bound to make things easier when it's time to sell.
The more research you do, the better each project will go!
If you're looking for more home and real estate advice, make sure to read the other articles on our site.