If you want to sell your house for top dollar, then you need to know which  home improvements will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Small home improvements can make a big difference when you sell your house.  Everything I am going to share is easy on the wallet and most homeowners should be able to tackle these projects.

First Impressions make a Big impact

When pulling up to your house for sale, the first thing people are going to see is your front door, so this is the first place you should look too.  Is your porch dirty and empty? Is the bottom of your door covered in shoe scuffs? Freshen this space up with some elbow grease.  Borrow a power washer and make sure your front steps shine.  Go to the home and garden center and buy some flowers to brighten up the area.  Finish it off with a welcome mat and you are all set! 

Handles and Doorknobs

Many sellers overlook their door, closet, and cabinetry hardware when preparing their home for sale. Brass and gold everywhere can make your home look outdated. In a kitchen and bathrooms this is much more noticeable with cabinet doors forming rows and layers of the old fashioned hardware.

This is super easy to fix and can be done in one afternoon. Local hardware stores have a wide variety of nickel and other similar modern finishes that can be picked up for cheap. This small touch will refresh the look of doors, kitchens, and bathrooms with very little effort.  

Painting to Please

Paint is an easy way to freshen up any room. Most buyers want a move-in ready home and are looking for something neutral that they can add to. Trying to sell a home with a jarring lime green bedroom is going to be a lot harder than one in calming tones. The right color can make small rooms appear larger and dark ones seem brighter.

Colors that are in style can update the look of your home and welcome buyers to imagine their own tastes and style as they go from room to room. Grays are especially in at the moment, but various shades of cream, beige, and usually welcome as well.

Big Impact Bathroom

A bad bathroom can be a deal breaker.  Having a dirty and out of date restroom is a huge turnoff to buyers.  However, with a little time and money you can give your bathroom a huge turnaround.  

Bathrooms are usually the smallest spaces in houses, so they require less material to begin with. So if your tile is chipping, price out new flooring, you may be surprised at how affordable it is. 

Other elements in bathrooms today can be bought for relatively inexpensive prices. Toilets can be found for well under $200, and new vanity sets can be bought complete with the tops and faucets to match! 

If a total do over is out of the question, make sure your bathroom sparkles.  Clean it from top to bottom, clear off all the counter, and try a new shower curtain and towels to add a pop of color.

Putting it All Together

Making small home improvements just require a little creative thinking and sometimes elbow grease, but the payoff is definitely worth it.

Remember, do not to over improve your home beyond its potential value. Before you take on any large project before selling, it is best to speak to a professional real estate agent.  I have seen many home owners throw money into their house that they will never see back. You need to know where buyers will pay extra for the small home improvements you make and a great Realtor will point you in the right direction.

If you are interested in getting advice on which home improvements are worth it and which should wait, I would love to hear from you.