Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive home improvement projects that will not only increase your enjoyment of your home, but will also increase the home’s value.

  1. High quality ceiling fans: In a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, ceiling fans ranked No. 1 as the most-wanted decorative item. If your ceiling fans are outdated, replace them with something in the $400 range—it’ll make a big difference when it’s time to sell. (And, yes! Did you notice the two-bladed fan in my photo? It’s modern and so unique and comes with a remote to operate the fan speed and light. I found it at Lowes.)
  2. Trees: Mature trees can be worth as much as $10,000 toward the value of your home. Trees also protect your home from the elements and prevent erosion.
  3. Energy efficiency: Buyers are increasingly interested in saving energy, so any efficiency update is worthwhile. Switching from a wood to gas fireplace is a great start.
  4. Outdoor lighting: Exterior lighting is great for highlighting the accents of your home, and you can typically expect a 50 percent return on investment.
  5. Molding: You can finish a room with crown molding or railing for as little as $1.50 per foot if you take a DIY approach, and it’s extremely desirable among prospective buyers.
  6. AC/Heat Vents: Why have your entire house immaculate and staged and not pay attention to the vents? Clean, paint or replace these vents so that you are not showing dust and dirt and yuck to your potential buyers! These do not cost alot to replace and they look so nice when they are brand new. When they are full of dust, the buyer will thank you! And, you’ll thank yourself because a build up of dust means your AC/Heating unit is working extra hard and using more electricity to cool or heat your home!
  7. Replace Air Filters: If you take care of #6, you can’t miss doing this five minute job. It’s so important to show your buyers that you have handled the general maintenance in your home, including replacing the filter every 30 or 90 days. Check your filter for the appropriate timing —- or take a look at it from time to time and if it needs replacing, do it!
  8. Clean the Doors: There is nothing worse than walking up to a house and seeing the grimy, gross fingerprints on the entrance door. Or when you’re heading into the garage, you see that they’re even more filthy!!! A little Clorox and a rag will go a long, long way!!!

Hope that these inexpensive projects have started you thinking about what you need to do to get your home ready for sale. If you have additional projects that you have done that helped you prepare your house for sale, email me at patsproehnle@kw.com and I’ll put your idea in my next blog update.

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