Increasing the value of your home doesn’t require a full house renovation. There are many simple things you can do to enhance the appearance of your home while capitalizing on its value. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or simply want to undergo essential upgrades, try out some of these ideas to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.

Apply New Paint

When I want to make a dramatic change to a room without breaking my budget, I paint. Eye-catching color schemes can increase the market value of a property and attract buyers if you decide to sell. You can also use colors to make rooms appear bigger. Light colors give the illusion of spaciousness, while dark colors can make a room appear smaller.

Let in Natural Light

No amount of artificial light can outshine the look of natural lighting. Ensure that the windows in your home are in good condition and free of obstructions, both inside and out. If installing new windows isn’t an option, consider installing skylights or solar tubes to bring in more natural light. In room with few or no windows, add recessed lighting to light up the space from floor to ceiling.

Update the Landscaping

Landscaping is one of the first things people see when they pull up to your home. Well-executed landscaping reflects well on your home and creates a strong first impression. Start by introducing trees and plants into your yard. Trees not only boost the property value but can help cool your home in the summer and block cold winds in the winter. Retaining walls and terraces are ideal for homes with sloped yards and can add texture and color to an otherwise all-green terrain.

Add Kitchen and Bath Details

If you’re only able to update a couple of rooms in your home, opt for the kitchen and bathroom. Adding details and décor to modernize these spaces can make a significant difference in the overall appeal of a house. Consider updating your kitchen appliances, cupboards, or countertops. New tiling, flooring, or fixtures can spruce up a bathroom.

Stay Clean and Organized

One of the easiest ways to bring value to your home is to clean and organize. If you’re trying to sell your home, clutter accompanied by grime and unpleasant smells can drive away potential buyers. Make your home appear fresh and welcoming by de-cluttering and deep-cleaning room by room.

Install Additional Storage

Many homes lack proper storage space. While it’s not always possible to add square footage to your home, you can maximize the space you already have. Consider adding do-it-yourself closet systems that make use of vertical space in your pantries, entry closets, and bedroom closets. If possible, remodel awkward spaces such as nooks to act as extra storage space.

Keep Up with Repairs

It’s easy to get behind on home repairs. However, failure to make repairs in a timely manner can result in more expensive restorations in the future. Take the time to complete any repairs you’ve been putting off, especially major issues that affect the function of the home. One of the best ways to improve your home’s value is to keep it in good working order.