$100: Install elegant cabinet knobs and drawer pulls for an instant makeover.
$1,000: Brighten the kitchen with a variety of lighting, such as under- and above-cabinet fixtures, pendants above an island, or recessed lights. You can also install a sleek new sink and faucet.
$5,000: If your appliances are outdated, you may want to invest in a new cooktop, range, and/or dishwasher. Look for styles with universal appeal (that means no avocado green!). If your cabinets are less-than-stylish, consider refacing them for a fresh new look.
$100: Opt for a simple spruce-up by replacing accessories such as towel rings, toilet-paper holder, and trashcan. Top it off with luxurious soaps in a pretty dish, fluffy hand towels, and fresh flowers.
$1,000: Swap out minor features that pack a major punch, including the faucet, cabinet knobs and pulls, and switchplates. Depending on your needs, you can apply the rest of your budget to wallpaper, window treatments, and/or a new lighting fixture.
$5,000: Does your bath need an overhaul? Depending on your choices and DIY skills, you can add a new bathtub, toilet, vanity, and/or backsplash.
$100: Hang a mirror in a small bedroom to make it look larger. If you’ve considered purchasing a new bedspread, do so now.
$1,000: Refresh the bedrooms with a coat of paint in a soothing shade. If needed, enhance the closet with new doors or shelves. For privacy, add attractive window treatments, such as shades, blinds, or curtains.
$100: For an instant makeover, opt for a fresh coat of paint. “By repainting that way-too-bright red room in a more neutral, appealing color, you’ll remove an eyesore that drives away buyers,” says Julie Reynolds, spokesperson at Move, Inc.
$1,000: Take stock of the living room and decide what elements would make it shine. Consider options such as a new mantel, a ceiling fan, and wall-mounted shelves.
$100: Rejuvenate a wood deck by applying a stain and sealant. You can also paint faded trim and shutters for a quick refresher.
$1,000: Boost curb appeal with a new entry door, attractive outdoor light fixture, elegant address numbers, and a new doormat.
$5,000: If your home’s exterior is extremely faded or peeling, consider having it painted.
$100: "Beautifying your garden and landscaping puts a happy face on the outside of the home,” says Reynolds. For an attractive lawn, apply a product to banish weeds. Also, be sure to trim the hedges and prune the trees. Add a pop of color by planting flowers or grouping pots of blooms on the porch.
$1,000: If your lawn is barren or unkempt, consider more extensive landscaping. You can lay sod, plant hedges and trees for privacy and shade, and arrange pavers to create an attractive path.
$100: Apply a fresh coat of paint, or brighten the laundry area with new light fixtures.
$1,000: Replace worn flooring with affordable, easy-to-clean tile or laminate.
$5,000: With this budget, you can turn a spare space into a selling point. Add affordable cabinetry and shelves, a generous sink, and a washer and dryer for a stylish and functional laundry room.
$100: “Elbow grease is the cheapest thing anyone can apply to make a home sell faster,” says Reynolds. Where to start? Replace burned-out lightbulbs, patch any holes in the walls, fix jammed doors and drawers, re-caulk the tub and shower, and replace cracked or broken floor and wall tiles.
$1,000: If it’s in your budget, tackle larger repairs. Replace any broken windows, repair out-of-commission appliances, fix leaky faucets, and replace damaged doors.
$5,000: If your roof leaks or your driveway is damaged, you may want to address it before you sell.
$100: Add a splash of style with a pretty area rug. The best part? You can take it along to your next home.
$1,000: Replace a dated living room or bedroom floor with basic neutral-colored carpet. Along with imbuing a fresh look, this eliminates the issue of worn-in odors or pet hair.
$5,000: If other homes in your neighborhood have top-of-the-line floors, it might be time to splurge on hardwood or tile in key areas. But you need not break your budget: “Since you’re selling the home, you don’t have to buy the most expensive materials,” advises Reynolds. Shop for discontinued styles, which can be greatly marked down.
$100: To eliminate clutter and make rooms look larger, place extra furniture and other items in storage temporarily. Or, have your existing carpet professionally cleaned for a like-new look.
$1,000: If you’re too busy to keep the house in tip-top shape, hire a cleaning service once a month while the home is on the market. If your yard is an issue, consider hiring a lawn service to do regular mowing and edging. Or, consult a home-staging service that employs special techniques to prepare homes for selling.