Chances are if you have lived in your home for a significant amount of time, and you are looking to sell it -- you will need to put in some effort to make it sale-ready. The market isn’t the only determining factor in how quickly your house sells. There are plenty of things --within your control, you can do to improve your home’s value. In this article, we will give you the 5 top home improvements you can make to increase your home’s value, without necessarily breaking the bank.

Tip 5: Popcorn is not Poppin’!

Nothing screams DATED more than popcorn ceilings. Get rid of them. If you are a DIY-er this could be a great weekend project. Although considerably messy, removing a popcorn ceiling is fairly simple but will make all the difference. Here is a great easy-to-follow popcorn ceiling removal tutorial. NOTE: In some older homes ceilings could still contain asbestos. If this is a possibility in your home, it is best to seek out a professional to test it.

Tip 4: Upgrade Doors and Windows

Windows and doors are often the most overlooked home improvement opportunities. You do not have to replace them per se; with doors especially repainting and replacing handles and knobs could do the trick. Of course, any damaged doors or windows must be replaced. Not only are these upgraded stylish, but they could, in turn, make your home more energy efficient, lower the household running costs and make your property more environmentally-conscious, which many buyers are attracted to.

Tip 3: Internal Lighting Fixtures

Lighting is very important when it comes to selling your home; with lighting fixtures varying in price, you’re bound to find great upgrades at reasonable prices. As a way of recommendation, down-lights are generally the best for lightening environments. Don’t be afraid to use lights to accentuate design elements in your home. Energy efficient lighting may boost your property’s appeal.

Tip 2: Heavy Cleaning and Organizing

This is probably the cheapest improvement you can make to add value to your home. Remember adding value is not always about knocking down walls. It is also about how the space works. When potential buyers tour your home, cleanliness and organization are key components. A heavy, thorough cleaning can work wonders on your property. The key is to put most of your focus on cleaning all the places in plain view as well as those hidden corners, move furniture and get behind the stove.

Clutter here is not your friend --is it ever?--be sure to organize all clutter. A cluttered space implies the home’s layout is not workable or you are a slob. Very few people want to move in after a slob. It gives the impression there may be some unseen damages or disregard for the home. Be aware that buyers will open everything and look everywhere. Neatness suggests a house that is in good working order.

Tip 1: Paint, Paint, Paint

The simplest, most cost-effective home improvement of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms instantly look updated and clean — and that spells value. When choosing paint colors, lean towards neutral and grays, which appeal to a greater number of people. You can play with light and darks but still keep things fairly neutral, use accents in your decor. Painting is something we can all tackle on our own. When you visit you local hardware store, ask for tips for any seemingly tricky areas. Don’t forget that once-popcorn-ceiling may need a new coat of paint now that you’re rid of it.

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