In 2021, over six million Americans sold their homes. That’s the highest number of existing-home sales since 2006.

Are you considering selling your home but unsure if it’s ready to be listed? With so many homes on the market, preparing your house to stand out and have a higher value is essential. 

The following guide explores how to increase home value with simple and affordable tips. So read on!

Interior and Exterior Paint Jobs

Adding a new coat of paint to a home can make it feel brand new again. Real estate agents suggest that sellers paint where needed before listing.

Paint can make smaller rooms look bigger and showcase unique details like trim and crown molding. Keep in mind that neutral colors like tan, gray, and beige make it easier for buyers to imagine their furniture in the home.

If you don’t want to paint the whole house, stick to the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway. At the very least, touch up paint in each room to fix imperfections.

Don’t forget to examine the paint outside your home, too. Adding a new coat of exterior paint can add curb appeal and show buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning your home ensures buyers get a great first impression when they walk in. You don’t want foul odors, dusty surfaces, or dirty floors to ruin a potential sale.

Remember that you’ll need to clean throughout the entire selling process, not just once before listing. Tasks include deep cleaning bathrooms, surfaces, floors, and rugs.

You’ll also want to clean windows, window sills, and ledges before listing your home. If you have time, consider wiping down all of your doors. 

Don’t leave laundry on the ground or throw dirty dishes in the sink. You never know when you might have a showing, and you don’t want to get caught off guard.

Small Fixes

Consider hiring a handyperson to fix all the minor issues you’ve put off around your house. Examples include leaks, running toilets, walls with cracks, appliances, and doors. 

If buyers notice a lot of areas of your home need work, they may think you didn’t take care of it. This can turn them away from the sale because they don’t want a bunch of repairs waiting for them after they move in.

You might even be able to do some of the tasks yourself if you’re on a tight budget. For example, changing burnt-out lightbulbs can help prepare your house before listing.

Easily Increase Home Value

Now you know three simple ways to increase home value without breaking the bank. Invest in new coats of paint, clean your home thoroughly, and make minor repairs.

Stephen James Painting, Inc. offers residential customers a five-year warranty on interior and exterior projects. Contact us for a free quote and more information about our painting services.