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23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value of Your Home

Invest in your own future bank account.

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6. Bump up the curb appeal.

The front of your house is the first thing potential buyers see, so make sure it's stately and welcoming. Add some extra plants to the porch or the entryway, paint the door.

Check out these other DIY tips for increasing your curb appeal here.

8. Turn any room into a bedroom with a closet or wardrobe.

Turn your office or den into a useable bedroom by either adding a closet, or a freestanding wardrobe. Or, use this Ikea wardrobe hack to create this DIY closet.

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.

11. Stow your personal tchotchkes.

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Buyers want to picture themselves in your home, not your whole extended family. While you're selling, stash the majority of your specifically personal heirlooms to make the space feel a little more like a blank slate.

15. Go for neutral paint colors.

A brightly colored living room might be your cup of tea, but a neutral clean palette is much more palatable for most buyers. Designer Emily Henderson recommends these timeless shades for almost any space.

17. Paint the inside of your window frames.

Most builder-grade windows are dark inside, sometimes even black. Painting the interior frames and transoms will make the window look bigger and more modern. See how to do it here.

19. Hide some of your home's eyesores.

Some things necessary to a home's function can be covered or hidden and still work perfectly. This trick lets you cover up a thermostat or alarm with just a canvas portrait and some hinges.

21. If you're really going to invest, start in the kitchen.

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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.

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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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