6 Low-Cost Home Improvements Before You List Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Thanks to the Realtor Magazine for this great list.

Homeowners who are waiting to list can use the time to make a big difference in their home with upgrades that don’t have to cost a fortune. Simple DIY projects can enhance a home and make spaces more appealing for buyers when homeowners are ready to move forward with their home sale.  After all, right now the one thing we all have is time - unless you are home schooling your children. In that case, my heart goes out to you!

The Realtor Magazine relied on the website Bigger Pockets for these budget-friendly home improvement ideas that encompass everything from a splash of paint to tending to the front yard. Here are six examples:

Lighting. Changing out the lights can have an impact on the home. Modern and classic fixtures can upgrade the entire look. Get ideas: The Jewelry in Your Kitchen

Paint. Painting is one of the simplest DIY projects that can give spaces a drastic update. Trendy blues and grays can help spice up rooms. Get some color inspiration: 2020’s Hottest Paint Colors

Curb appeal. Adding flowers, piling on fresh mulch, and trimming shrubs can make a big difference. Demand for front porches has grown in demand during the pandemic, so encourage clients to show off this area. Get ideas: Smart Yard Care That’s Also Stylish and for sprucing up the backyard, Concrete Slabs: From Drab to Fab

Temperature. Clients could consider a smart-home upgrade, like a smart thermostat. This update help owners save money, too—up to 8% on their heating and cooling costs.  Buyers notice whether you have a programmable thermostat.  Even better is when you have a fancy programmable thermostat like a NEST.  Programmable thermostats are available for less than $30. Get ideas: The Ultimate Smart Home series. 

Cabinets and doorknobs. Swap out interior and exterior doorknobs to match other finishes in the home. This can also add greater security with new, higher quality locks (or smart locks). And don’t underestimate the impact of new kitchen cabinet drawers or pulls—they can add an instant update. Get ideas: Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware

Mirrors. Homeowners can give the bathroom wall-size mirror an instant update by adding a frame to the mirror to dress up the space. They can simplify this DIY task by working with companies like MirrorMate, which offers frames for this reason. Get ideas for this and more DIY home improvement projects: 8 DIY Projects to Tackle While You Shelter in Place




Comments (13)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Six great suggestions for a successful sale...

Thank you for sharing Lise Howe 

Jun 01, 2020 10:10 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Great list, Lise Howe. I agree that some well-maintained outdoor space seems to be at a premium these days.

Jun 02, 2020 02:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... great list of DIY suggestions. People often don't realize how many things they can do to spiff up their homes at little to no cost.

Jun 02, 2020 04:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lise Howe the eye buys... make sure everything is in order.... 

Jun 02, 2020 04:20 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. You don't have to spend a fortune to spruce it up! Enjoy your day!

Jun 02, 2020 04:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - there are all sorts of improvements a wannabe seller can make prior to listing their home for sale.  And they do not need to be extensive or expensive. 

In the Washington DC area, contacting you for your local professional real estate knowledge will be a right first step.  

Jun 02, 2020 05:37 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Michael Jacobs - thanks so much!  You are really kind.  I hope that lots of people are taking this time to work on their homes - declutter, paint, spruce up for spring. 

Jun 02, 2020 06:16 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are some of the many things that sellers don't always understand, it doesn't always cost a lot of money to gain great value for their home.

Jun 02, 2020 07:02 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise these are all simple things to do, but can have a big impact on how a home is perceived.  Great advice.

Jun 02, 2020 10:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 02, 2020 10:41 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Lise Howe very valuable list of home improvement tips before listing a home.

Jun 02, 2020 08:06 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Lise, Sometimes it's just the little things that can enhance a home and make it shine. Nice way to get the word out on how easy it can be!

Jun 03, 2020 10:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lise:

These are great ideas, and pretty simple and inexpensive to implement.  Sometimes seller don't consider that some improvements do not have to be significant or costly, nor time consuming.


Jun 04, 2020 04:19 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Lise Howe - the curb appel is a big one.  If that is missing they won't go inside.

Jul 03, 2020 05:44 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I hope you have a wonderful 4th with family and friends. I never knew you were in Yountville, when was that. I can assure you the Town will hopping with people and the line at the Bouchon Bakery, a Thomas Keller joint, will be 50+ people all day long. cheers cvc

Jul 04, 2020 09:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with prospective home sellers.

Jul 07, 2020 05:08 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Lise, I noticed this was written a while back, but thought I'd join in. While we were showing condos this morning and the temperature was rising to the high 80's an owner was sitting in her very hot living room fanning herself. The heat was uncomfortable for all of us, and our buyer asked her if the air conditioning was working. She said yes and just kept fanning herself!

Jul 08, 2020 12:42 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Lise Howe - You are wise! Buyers and sellers would be wiser to hire you for your knowledge and expertise. Those are 6 low-cost improvements that can definitely expedite a sale! All are immediate attention getter's that buyers seem to notice and they make a great first impression. 

Best wishes on continued success!

Jul 11, 2020 04:39 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great tips and thank you for the "bonus" links!

Jul 15, 2020 08:21 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

When home buyers open the door of your home and their eyes get wide, their pulses quicken and their mouths involuntarily open, you know you have hit a home run and offers will be coming.

Proper preparation can make that happen!

Thanks for the tips, Lise Howe

Aug 31, 2020 12:30 PM