4. Get new outlet and lightswitch plates.
These get super dirty with use, but are really cheap to replace (<$1 each). If you want to go really ~fancy~, paint your plates the same color as the wall so they disappear more.
9. Get rid of the popcorn ceiling.
Just make sure to get it tested for asbestos before you try this one yourself—some homes built before the 1970’s have it in the ceiling. See how to do it here.
10. Add visible storage.
Hidden storage might be good for living in a home, but buyers want to SEE a lot of storage space without having to open everything. A few extra shelves in a blank space can make a big difference. See how to easily add some floating shelves to a tiny bathroom here.
21. If you’re really going to invest, start in the kitchen.
Kitchen upgrades like new appliances and countertops will usually give the biggest return on your investment.
22. Call an inspector BEFORE you list.
Potential buyers will hire their own inspector, but if there are problems you didn’t know about, it can cost you a lot off your asking price. Go through all the things your pickiest buyer will have checked, and make sure there aren’t any surprises.
23. Ask your realtor what people are looking for, then do those things.
Before you make any major changes, ask your own realtor what people ask for the most in your area, and then make those updates yourself. They are a treasure trove of knowledge about what people are looking for at the same time you are selling, and they want to make the sale just as much as you do.
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