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The Most Affordable Upgrades for your Home that Add the Most Value, Updated for 2018

Boost Your Home’s Value Fast!

These simple upgrades can easily add thousands of dollars to your home’s value.
10 Low Cost Fixes
  1. Make your kitchen really cook.
  2. Give appliances a facelift.
  3. Buff up the bath.
  4. Step up your storage.
  5. Add a motion sensor or two.
  6. Stop and smell the flowers.
  7. Look at the small details.
  8. Let there be light! ..and then remove a little.
  9. Add a little personality to your first impression.
  10. Consider some curb appeal, scratch that, consider a lot of curb appeal.


1. Make your kitchen really chef worthy. 

The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Potential home buyers heavily weigh this area when they first walk-through a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.

For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones. Stick to LED lighting that reflects the sun, it gives a better hue and has a warm light to it, around the 3000K mark.

If you’ve got a slightly lower budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. Rather than springing for a whole new cabinet decor, which can be expensive, look into hiring a painting company to repaint your cabinets professionally or do it yourself if you have some experience with painting. The reward is worth the work and it will give a brand new face and feel to your kitchen.

“Many companies can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand-new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.”

If you’re handy with paint get ready for number 2.


2. Give your counters some Pizazz. 

If your kitchen appliances don’t match, order new doors or face panels for them. Word of advice: Walk in to your home and pretend like you’ve never lived there, what are your first thoughts? What do you think should be changed and what colors would work better? I’ve found that some color re-matching can work really well, especially for the kitchen.

Take for example marble counter-tops and white decor for the kitchen, the colors are completely different with the marble having lines of black and brown and sometimes even blue and purple, but the colors seem to work perfectly together. Do the same for yourself, try and see what colors in nature already match and go with that. Or simply google interior home decor and you’ll get great ideas of what might and might not look great in your home.


3. Buff up the bath. 

Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash. Even simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath. Take into consideration changing the colors of the towels in the bathroom as well.  Simple changes in lighting can also make a big impact.

We also suggests replacing an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl. The thing is, instead of replacing the old floor like you used to, you can now add vinyl tile that goes right on top of the old flooring. It’s pretty easy and simple to do.

If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. Or consider hiring a professional to completely bleach the inside of the tub, in most cases the charge is around 20 dollars and the change in the white color spectrum is dramatic and worth it.


4. Step up your storage. 

Old houses, particularly, are notorious for their lack of closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, I suggest adding do-it-yourself cabinets and clothing hangers to open up the area and add some more space in there. In the end, your closets will be more functional and open spaced as well as customization which will make your home more attractive to potential buyers when you’re ready to sell.


5. Add a motion sensor or two.

In bathrooms, living rooms and closets and garages, adding a Motion sensor can make a SIGNIFICANT difference. Remember in the office when Michael Scott (Steve Carell) was no longer part of the shower because of a contract issue? Well, yeah. do you really want the office without Michael Scott? Yeah I didn’t think so. Same goes for motion sensors in specific rooms.

Take the garage for example, wouldn’t you rather have the lights turn on for you automatically while you’re driving in instead of pulling up in the middle of the night, fumbling through the dark with groceries in hand hoping not to trip over someone’s shoes, to turn the light on yourself just so you can walk through the door then hopefully remember to turn the light off? Again, I didn’t think so. The convenience is there, the price is there and the boost is there. It definitely adds appeal to people looking to buy your home. One less thing for them to do, that just so happens to be super cheap for you.

There’s no reason not to add a motion sensor, especially when you can most likely do the job yourself, as all it really takes is turning off the power, removing the switch, wiring the new one, and that’s it. I’ve done this for every switch in my home from dimmers to smart switches. Each one takes about 2 minutes to replace. Done.


6. Stop and smell the flowers.

I recommend spending a few bucks on some beautiful colors. It doesn’t take much money to drive to your local hardware store and pick up some really nice roses that you can lay on the side of your home or your backyard. Maybe pick up a couple of different flowers that flow with the color of your home and see what best matches. The employees working in the flower area have been there for a while and are a lot more experienced that you might think, most of them have flower gardens of their own or are just generally very knowledgeable. They do have to answer questions like the ones you may have everyday so it’s safe to say that they have their fair share of experience.

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7. Look at the small details, then make sure they’re High-Speed Powered.

Charging adapters is another detail that can quickly clutter up the home and make it look “dirty” and “busy”. A professional electrician is an inexpensive investment, especially if your adapters are all over the place and are making every outlet stick out with adapters.

If your outlets are showing some serious ware. Replace them, immediately. Not only are they a potential fire hazard to everyone in the home, but the can cause other issues like short circuiting the electrical wires and potentially over powering something plugged in. Replace them with newer USB powered outlets. Not only will they remove the potential threats from an old rustic outlet but they improve your homes modern feel and get rid of the bulky adapters that are plugged in and taking up more space then they should.


8. Let there be Light! …and then remove a little.

If you have boring recessed lights in your dining and living rooms, consider replacing one of the room’s lights with an eye-catching chandelier. And then take it a step further by adding some dimmers to your lighting. It helps when going to the bathroom at night and not burning your eyes with an instantaneous burst of light and also just helps saves some energy around the house.

We recommend sticking to LED lighting and lightbulbs, not only are they energy efficient but they brighten the room better than other types like incandescent and halogen. We recommend LED dimmers that are fully capable of dimming from 0%-100% as that should be the norm of any dimmer. Some are only able to go down to 10%, and while that’s fine, you will never be able to completely shuts the light off with just the knob but also by flicking the ON/OFF switch that they come with.


9. Add a little personality to your first impression.

Do you have a flimsy little knob on your main entry door? Is your door color white just like every other home in the neighborhood? If so, spring for a substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. “A nice, big piece of hardware on the front door signals to newcomers that this is a solid home,” says Niel from

Also, if you’re stuck with a basic white front door, we suggest painting or faux-finishing it for more eye appeal. It’s becoming very common to see regular white doors in front of every home in the U.S, why not change it up a little? Colored doors add for a showstopper impression and make any home look more vibrant and unique. Take the Pink door in Palm Springs, now a very famous stop for instagrammers looking to get those extra likes on their profile. It’s very uncommon for people to go the route of the colored door, change that. It can pay off big time when it’s time to sell.


10. Consider some curb appeal, scratch that.. consider it AS MUCH as you can!

Although it sounds obvious, a nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway makes a great first impression. What buyers see when they first drive by your home is tremendously important, especially for those looking to purchase it. For many, the very first impression can be the immediate selling point that they need to make that jump, and sometimes offer more money that you have it listed for.

If you don’t have a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper to install some new sod, plant a few evergreen shrubs and give your front yard a good cleanup. These kinds of changes can instantly change people’s perception of your home and, therefore, increase its value. Landscaping keep me up isn’t all that expensive, we’ve seen some for about $100/month around the orange county area if you just do some research and look. We do recommend investing in a lawnmower and a couple gardening tools to do the work yourself as it will save you a lot of money throughout the year. But if you have the green to keep up the green, then we say go for it.

Have you done any of these upgrades? Planning to? Let us know in the comments below and tell us which ones have worked the best for you?


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The Most Affordable Upgrades to your Home that Add the Most Value, Updated for 2018 by Tony M.