It doesn’t cost much to significantly improve your home’s resale value. Some changes can cost as little as $20 while others may cost more. But the bottom line is, making a few simple cosmetic changes around your home can greatly improve both the resale value and its curb appeal.

Yard

One of the least expensive cosmetic changes you can make is in your yard; watering the grass and planting flowers takes some time and effort, but very little money. However, an attractive front yard creates instant curb appeal. Likewise, a well cared for yard gives the impression the rest of your home has been well maintained also. Green grass and fresh flowers always make a good first impression.

Paint

The next thing you can do is slap on a fresh coat of paint, both inside and out. Choose neutral colors that will have a broad appeal. Very dark or vibrant colors could turn off potential buyers. Stick with soft, neutral tones as well as white. You can do this job yourself, or, you can hire a painting contractor.

Window Treatments

New window treatments can also go a long way in making a good, first impression. Fresh, clean curtains or window blinds don’t cost very much, but they look very nice. If you really want to increase your home’s resale value, you can also go with window treatments such as plantation shutters. Exterior sun shades can not only improve your home’s selling price, but will provide the new owners with a more energy-efficient home.

Plumbing Fixtures

New plumbing fixtures are also a relatively easy and inexpensive cosmetic change that can make a big difference. Sleek, modern faucets and showerheads are very appealing; they give the impression that your home has been updated. Be sure to choose a style that is both modern, and somewhat neutral. You can install a new kitchen backsplash yourself, and it doesn’t need to cost much. You can use ceramic or metal tiles, or even put up a chalkboard. A kitchen backsplash is something you can get creative with.

Lighting Fixtures

Your lighting fixtures are one more thing that probably needs to be updated. Lighting can really transform a room, creating a warm, inviting ambiance. Wall sconces will change the look of a room and add depth and dimension. Dimmer switches are also an easy way to upgrade your lighting. Lighting is the final touch on giving your home a fresh look.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your home’s resale value, consider the options listed here. Whether it’s adding a few curtains or updating the lighting, it doesn’t take a lot to make a home show its true value. In the end, you’ll likely save much more than you spend when you invest in your home.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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