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Thinking about selling your home? You might want to make cheap and easy final touches before listing it for sale.

Making simple changes, like painting the walls and fixing the ceiling cracks, will not only make the home look great for the next user.

These easy and inexpensive updates will also help your home’s value, attract more prospective buyers and allow you to raise your asking price.

If you want to give your home a competitive advantage without breaking the bank, here are 9 cheap and easy updates to make before you sell your home.

1. Freshen up your space with paint

Want to make your home look good as new without costing too much? A fresh coat of paint never fails.

Painting your home’s interior isn’t just one of the cheapest updates you can make; it also gives you one of the best returns on your investment. New paint helps lighten the rooms, hide minor defects, and make space feel clean and fresh.

Light, neutral paint colors are your safest bet. Think about white, cream, beige, light gray, and other versions of these colors. While it seems boring for your taste, neutral walls appeal most to buyers. Aside from walls, you may need to refresh your built-in cabinets, shelves, doors, window frames, and other fixtures with paint too.

2. Repair the wall and ceiling cracks too

Nothing makes a home look timeworn and abandoned more than the cracks in the walls and ceilings.

If they’re only minor hairline cracks, a fresh coat of paint can do the trick. But if they signal a more serious problem, make sure to hire a professional to fix the issue, or get ready to sell your home at a lower asking price.

3. Update your flooring

Next to painting your walls, updating your flooring also makes such a difference to buyers.

When in doubt, go for hardwood floors. Hardwood floors have been and will continue to be, a big selling point for all kinds of homes. It can be costly though, but when done correctly, hardwood floors could increase a home’s sale price at around 2.5%.

A home with a new carpet or flooring helps brighten up your home and make it look well-maintained. If you’re short on funds, think of replacing floors only in public areas, like kitchens and living rooms.

4. Get rid of your popcorn ceilings

Popcorn ceilings used to be popular around the 50s to 80s. But that’s no longer the case. Having such dated features will only reveal your home’s age.

If you have strong DIY skills and you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, you can get rid of these deal breakers yourself.

Any popcorn ceiling installed before the 80s might contain asbestos, a toxic chemical that causes lung cancer. That said, make sure to hire a professional to run a test first and seek the help of skilled contractors or home builders to remove it and cover with drywall or tongue and groove planks.

5. Visually increase your home’s square footage

Lacking square footage? Make your home look and feel larger than it is with simple decorating tricks that work.

  • Swap heavy closed curtains for some sheer draperies and vertical shutters or blinds to let light in. A sunny room feels larger, airier, and more open.
  • Let there be white. White walls and ceilings help brighten the space.
  • Try adding a large mirror. When placed nicely, large wall mirrors help double the sense of your space.
  • Clear the clutter. The more clutter and old, bulky furniture you have in the room, the more cramped it will look. You can also add a cheap shelving unit to keep clutter out of sight.

6. Refresh your household hardware

Updating your hardware add a little value to your home. Switch out any old or rusty-looking cabinet knobs and pulls, switch plates, outlet covers, and door knobs. If your home still has plastic builder-grade items, consider replacing them with new and shiny metal versions.

It may seem like a minor thing, but cheap and outdated hardware make the room feel that way.

7. Step up your game with energy efficiency

It takes two words to immediately turn your prospect buyer on: Energy Efficiency.

With energy efficient upgrades, your property has an edge over traditional homes in the market. These upgrades increase your property’s value while giving your buyers potential long-term benefits and savings. That being the case, your home is likely favored by most buyers and renters.

Consider upgrading your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, windows, and water heaters. Switch to energy efficient light fixtures too. They don’t just cost less than solar panels – they also provide a positive return on investment when it’s selling time. Make sure your realtor markets your home properly.

8. Give your kitchen a minor face lift

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s likely to be the first thing homebuyers look at when assessing a home. That being the case, the look of the kitchen can make or break the deal.

You don’t need to burn your pockets for expensive appliances and major remodeling tasks that require a home builder. If you’re out of funds – focus on cosmetic updates, including the colors and textures. Repaint the cabinets and drawers. Get new cabinet doors and handles. Spruce up the countertops. Update your lighting.

Even the smallest cosmetic upgrade, like changing your window draperies, can raise the value of your home,

9. Don’t forget to tidy up

While this seems like a no-brainer, it’s surprising how many sellers forget this crucial task.

Make sure to clean everything from top to bottom. Start with your windows. Next to giving people allergies. dirt and grime also prevent you from maximizing the amount of natural light in your home.

Then, clean other parts of the home such as the floors, walls, ceilings, air vents, cabinets, and everything else you can find!