5 Low-Cost Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

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These home improvements can add big value to your home for little money. Here’s how to revamp your home and get the best ROI. For more on best-bang-for-your-buck improvements, check out this article on Angie’s List.

Put in Backsplash

This home improvement project recommended by the folks from Better Homes & Gardens is less than $20. You can add flair to dull areas of your home with the easy addition of a backsplash. Peel-and-stick decals are a stylish addition that are less-permanent than ceramic or tile. With this addition you can add detail to a space while your home is on the market and when it comes time for your buyer to move in, they can keep or remove.

Replace the Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is one of the best places in the home for a renovation. The home design experts from HGTV claim that many kitchen renovations often yield 100 percent ROI. Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report cites the average mid-range kitchen remodel cost at $20,000.

You don’t have to do a complete overhaul in this area of the home. That’s a lot to invest in a home that you are leaving. If you’re selling soon, a simple update will do. Consider having a new kitchen sink installed. For a modern look, consider a self-rimming, or drop-in style, stainless steel sink. A porcelain apron sink would compliment a country-style kitchen and the addition of a prep sink is both functional and stylish.

Front Door

Add some curb appeal to your abode with the addition of a new front door. It’s one of the first things potential buyers will see when walking up to your property. Not only will a new door look great, it could potentially save energy, too. Many old doors are not energy efficient, allowing heat to escape or cool air to enter during the winter months. The average cost of a new steel door is $2,000, yet it recovers up to 75 percent of that cost at selling time.


The financial professionals from Bankrate suggest adding a fresh coat of paint to the home as a cheap home improvement upgrade, stating that new paint can make everything about the home look clean and bright again. They suggest painting the trim around the home for a fresh, bold look. Having a hard time selecting a paint color? Download the Sherwin-Williams app to virtually try on paint colors around the home. Simply snap a photo of the space you are hoping to paint and browse through a selection of potential paint colors to find out which color suits the room best.


Has the carpet around your home seen better days? Carpeting is a quick, relatively easy home update that can refresh your home, making it attractive to potential homebuyers. Choose new carpeting made from eco-conscious and sustainable materials such as wool or organic cotton. Not only is this choice great for the environment, it’s a healthy choice as well, as many carpets on the market today contain harsh, health-harming chemicals and VOCs.

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