What are some ways to add value to my home for less than $100?

NOVEMBER 29, 2018

If you’re expecting plenty of visitors this summer, the good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and leg to spruce up your home to welcome them.

Moreover, for less than $100, there are many of the small improvements you can make that might also help add some value if you’re considering a property sale in the new year.

 1. Start with a paintbrush

Armed with a brush and a tin of Taubman’s or Dulux, you might be able to freshen up a couple of rooms in the house for less than $100. If you choose a significantly altered colour scheme, it might be possible to transform the entire atmosphere of the repainted rooms.

2. First impressions count

Whether it’s a guest arriving for a summer barbecue or a buyer attending an open for inspection, first impressions always count. Therefore, spending some money on refurbishing a front door is often money well spent. This touch-up might involve slapping on some paint but also adding some different accessories. A new doorknob might break the $100 budget, but a smart visible house number or door knocker could prove the perfect accoutrement to give the front door some welcoming appeal.

3. Plant for the future

Adding a few shrubs or plants to your garden might not add value to your home this summer, but it will help if you have plans for a future sale. So, invest in the future aesthetic of your home by doing some planting now, knowing that later, you and prospective owners will enjoy the benefits of your gardening endeavours. Don't forget, the presentations of a yard or garden will add curb appeal to your property.

4. Small tweaks count

Small improvements such as fresh water filters on taps will save on bottled water this summer and be a hit with future buyers. At the same time moving out old furniture to help unclutter a room can be a great money saving strategy that also adds value to your home when the time arrives to sell.

5. Talk to your Raine & Horne agent

If you’re on a tight home improvement budget this summer, why not invite your local Raine & Horne agent to visit your property to give you some strategic and cost-effective tips to enhance your property’s appeal. And while the agent is with you, ask them for an obligation-free appraisal to give you an idea of the value of your home.