When you put your home on the market, you may be reluctant to make repairs or improvements. After all – you’re going to be selling it, why put more money into a house you’ll soon be leaving? But investing some time and money into your home not only makes it more appealing to buyers, it can actually increase the price of your property. Here are a few things you can do that don’t cost a lot compared to the increase in value they’ll provide:


Clean & De-Clutter: This is the simplest, and least expensive, improvement you can make to your home when putting it up for sale. Remove clutter and “stuff” from furniture and countertops, organize your closets, and do a thorough cleaning of every surface in your home. If you have rugs or carpets, get them shampooed or steam cleaned.


Paint the Interior: Painting the interior of your home gives it a fresh, clean look, and using neutral colors can help prospective buyers envision themselves living in your home.


Landscaping: Curb appeal is so, so important when selling your home! The exterior of your yard and house is the first thing buyers will see, so it’s essential to make a good first impression. Keep your lawn mowed, clean up sticks and leaves, and put fresh mulch and new plants in flowerbeds.


Repairing Electrical & Plumbing Problems: If there are known issues with the electrical or plumbing systems in your house, it’s wise to have them repaired when your home goes on the market. This can vastly increase the value of your home.


Staging Your Home: Enlisting the help of a real estate professional to stage your home is a wise investment. They’ll know just how to arrange furniture, which personal items to remove, and which accents to add to make your home look picture perfect.


In the grand scheme of things, these repairs and improvements aren’t all that expensive, and can dramatically increase the value of your home. A little investment up-front can net you significant gains at closing time.