5 Frugal Ways to Renovate Your Home and Prepare it for the Open Market

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Are you looking to sell your home but the budget for remodeling? No need to worry, there are many ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Investing in some key home improvements before going on the market can increase the value of your home exponentially, especially if it’s an older home.

  1. Upgrade Your Kitchen

    A new, modern kitchen is a high selling point of many homes on the market, but a complete kitchen redesign can become incredibly pricey.

    According to Consumer Reports, home buyers frequently list an attractive feature as a major factor in purchasing a home.

    One of the keys rules of renovation is to update the look of a kitchen by changing the hardware on your cabinets to modernize the look or painting your cabinets to make them look like new.

    A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your walls in the kitchen too and make it seem brand new.

  2. Create a Luxury Bathroom

    Do you have a hallway bathroom accessible to the entire house? Consider a quick remodel that turns gives one bedroom private access to this bathroom. This creates an intimate atmosphere and you can market your house as having a bedroom suite.

    If that’s out of your budget, you can easily update the look of your bathroom with a new sink pedestal or toilet without breaking the bank.

    You can also update ugly or discolored tile by purchasing vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl. These pieces are beautiful, affordable, and easy to install and will make it look like you’ve remastered the entire floor!

    Bathrooms are one of the key factors in people looking to buy a home; a beautiful bathroom can make a sale.

  3. Get a New Front Door

    The front door is the first thing people see when they enter your home; it’s a statement piece.

    Having the perfect front door can make people feel at home and welcome and immediately usher them into a sense of calm and well-being.

    Small changes to your home such as adding a new front door can increase the value up to 96% of what you spend on remodels.

  4. Create an Open Floor Plan

    New home buyers in this day and age are creative and love the look and feel of open floor spaces.

    Knock down that wall between your kitchen and living room and see how this space transforms into a totally new way to live.

    Open spaces feel bigger and brighter, and people can easily change the purpose of the room by customizing it.

    You can market a living room as an entertainment center or a home office, a dining room can become a family room or even a personal retreat.

    Think about your current floor plan and how you can get rid of tight, awkward corners or combine smaller rooms into bigger ones, and even convert attics and basements into bedrooms or office spaces.

  5. Get Your Appliances a Face Lift

    Do you have a white microwave, a black sink and a white-and-blank dishwasher? This might look outdated or out of touch to a new buyer, and these appliances are easy to update on a budget.

    Simply call the manufacturer and order a new appliance front and get them to match; this simple move will vastly improve your aesthetic and make your kitchen all the more appealing to buyers.

Selling your home can be a challenge, but making key upgrades throughout your home is a great way to prepare it for sale without breaking the bank.

Small changes in the kitchen, bathroom, or even installing a new front door can make all the difference for selling.

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