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Many homeowners want to maximize their return without investing a significant amount of time and money into their home. Making a few modest home improvements before selling your home can have a major impact on your sales experience. These are some of the top improvements that can wow buyers without emptying your bank account.

1. Update the Entryway
Your front door and porch are focal points that prospective buyers pay attention to as the buyer approaches the home and while the real estate agent unlocks the door. It establishes the tone for the entire home tour, so attention to this area can pay off. If you do not have money to replace an outdated door, a cost-effective alternative is to repaint it. You can also replace hardware, buy a new welcome mat and pressure wash the patio.

2. Replace the Kitchen Backsplash
If your kitchen is outdated and funds are not available for a full renovation, a quick and affordable way to modernize the space is to replace the backsplash. Depending on the size of the kitchen and the materials you select, you may complete this project by spending only a few hundred dollars if you install it yourself.

3. Upgrade Light Fixtures
If your home’s light fixtures have not been replaced in a decade or longer or if they are builder’s grade fixtures, an upgrade can transform the look of your home dramatically. If funds are not available to replace all fixtures, focus on fixtures in the kitchen, entryway, powder bathroom and master bathroom first.

4. Install New Cabinetry Hardware
Another affordable update that has a major impact on décor and appeal is the installation or replacement of cabinetry hardware. Many starter homes are built without kitchen or bathroom hardware, so adding this small element can incorporate personality and style into your home. Likewise, replacing outdated hardware can modernize its style on a dime.

Small touches throughout the home can have a major impact on its appeal. If you need a fresh perspective to determine which projects may be most cost-effective in your home, we can provide you with insight during a consultation.