Getting your home ready to sell can be a daunting task, especially if it’s a touch outdated or just could use some upgrades. Rather than gutting the entire kitchen or replacing the roof, you may be searching for some inexpensive renovations that can still help you sell your Los Angeles house without breaking the bank.
There’s more you can do in your home to help it sell faster and for a better price than just rearranging your furniture and putting away your family photos.
Here are 5 inexpensive renovations to help sell your Los Angeles house:
CLEAN YOUR SIDING
Your home’s siding is one of the first things potential buyers see. If it’s dirty, covered in moss, or just looks as if it’s seen better days, it’s less likely to be appealing to people who drive by and see the For Sale sign in your yard.
Sometimes, all your siding needs is a good scrub and it’s back to giving your home top-notch curb appeal.
If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the job yourself, you can hire professionals to clean your siding, but it’s going to cost more than if you do it yourself. To make the job faster, a power washer can be rented, allowing you to reach high places and blast off grime.
However, with a little extra time and some elbow grease, you can do just as good a job as a professional for way less money.
A long-handled scrub brush, gentle cleaner, and a garden hose can be used to give your home’s vinyl siding a good, gentle cleaning and is one of those inexpensive renovations to attract all the right kinds of attention from potential buyers.
Just as your siding is one of the first things people see about your home, your front door and any exterior accents – trim or shutters, for example – can make a big difference in a potential buyers’ overall impressions.
Giving your home’s less prominent accents a small facelift can give your entire exterior a new look.
Start by repainting your front door. Try a bold accent color that works well with the rest of your home’s exterior but is different enough to be a focal point.
If you’ve got exterior trim or shutters, giving them a fresh coat of paint can really make a difference in how put-together your exterior appears.
Even small things such as changing out the house numbers or putting up newer outdoor lights can breathe new life into your home’s exterior.
PAINT INTERIOR WALLS
This is one of the oldest pieces of advice in the inexpensive renovations playbook: Giving your interior walls a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint can improve the impression your space makes with buyers.
If you’re short on time and don’t mind spending a little extra, it’s worth it to pay for a professional painter to get the job done in a day or two.
But if you’re really looking to save some money, you can paint your walls on your own. However, you’ll need to really take your time and carefully prepare the walls and your rooms to avoid poorly applied paint, spills, drips, or improperly cut corners.
While you may love that bright color in your dining room, potential buyers may find it more difficult to view the space as their own with a bold hue. As you consider repainting, think about swapping out any bright colors for more neutral tones that create a blank canvas for buyers.
UPGRADE YOUR BACKSPLASH
Backsplashes have become all the rage in kitchen design in recent years, and a modern, fresh backsplash can make a big statement.
By applying a fresh backsplash, you can easily give your kitchen the look and feel of a full-scale remodel without the time, energy, or expense of actually undertaking the project.
A new backsplash can be as inexpensive or luxurious as you want it to be. It all depends on your budget and the amount of time you want to put into the upgrade.
For a lower-budget, quick project, choose peel and stick tiles. These can go on quickly and easily and are very affordable. If you want a more impactful upgrade and have a little more money to spare, ceramic tile that’s applied with grout can give a gorgeous finish that any new homeowner will love.
REFRESH YOUR BATHROOM
A modern, fresh-looking bathroom is up there with a great-looking kitchen among the big selling points for a home.
But you don’t have to completely renovate your bathroom to reap the rewards of a bathroom refresh.
Start by giving the cabinets and walls a fresh coat of paint. Bathrooms hold a lot of moisture, which can impact wooden fixtures and drywall.
Swap out old hardware for new, sleek cabinet pulls. Or, remove handles and drawer pulls all together to create a slightly less cluttered feel in your bathroom.
If you’ve got a little extra money to use, or your shower could really use an upgrade, consider swapping out your old shower doors for new ones. For hundreds of dollars – instead of the thousands that a full shower replacement would take – a new shower door can give your bathroom a cleaner, more modern feel.