A dirty, cluttered home is definitely the first thing to tackle if you want to keep your home's value high. Take a few hours and declutter your home. As a general rule, when it comes to purging, I recommend that if you haven't used it for a year or more, throw it away or donate it, depending on condition. If you can't part with it because it has sentimental value, find a place for it somewhere in your home or store it (Target, $8). If you use it frequently, keep it! But again, find a place for it. After your home is decluttered and organized, give your home a good cleaning from top to bottom.
Paint is inexpensive and can be a great way to increase your home's value in just a few hours (The Home Depot, $34). If you have outdated paint colors or many different paint colors in your home, this is a must-do if you are trying to sell your home. Start by choosing a pretty, neutral color (think tan, beige, taupe, etc.) and a soft white color. Accent walls can be fun, but typically are personal and will neither increase your home's value nor increase its attractiveness to potential buyers. It is best to keep your walls neutral and your trim white.
Don't forget the importance of curb appeal! A potential home buyer will see the outside of your home first, so be sure to take a few hours to weed, mow your lawn, trim the hedges and plant a few trees. Mature trees can increase your home value, so it's best to plant trees sooner, rather than later (Arbor Day Foundation, $16).
Replacing your kitchen appliances is a simple and quick way to update your entire kitchen! Have a little fun shopping at your local stores, but steer clear of colored appliances if you're looking for resale value. Stainless steel appliances are the way to go, take this Super-Capacity 3 Door French Door Refrigerator with Door-in-Door™ for instance, it will instantly upgrade the look of your kitchen (Lowe's, $3,499).
Upgrading your kitchen cabinets doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. If budget allows, you can replace existing cabinets with new, upgraded ones. But you can also have cabinets resurfaced, stained or even painted. If you love to DIY, purchase a cabinet painting kit and have fun refinishing your cabinets by yourself (The Home Depot, $75)! If your cabinets are already updated and in good condition, consider simply adding stylish hardware to your cabinets for an upgrade you can do in minutes!
Outdated light fixtures can quickly make your entire house outdated. Replace old light fixtures with new fixtures in either a brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finish (Lowe's, $300). Be sure that all light fixtures throughout your house have the same finish. If budget won't allow replacing your light fixtures, you can take them apart and spray-paint them. Just be sure to use a primer and a spray-paint meant to be used on metal.
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