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Thanks to the age-old saying that ‘you have to spend money to make money,’ people overestimate how much you have to spend, especially when it comes to increasing your home’s value. After spending the last seven years in the real estate investment world, I have a few quick cosmetic tips that quickly increase the value of your home.

Paint your front door.

It’s easy to underestimate curb appeal, but it really does go a long way. An easy way to catch buyers’ eyes is to paint your front door with a pop of color. This trend breathes a lot of life into your exterior even if it only takes you an hour and two coats of paint to complete it. Before diving in, you can read DIY Network’s article with tips and tricks for painting your front door including recommended paint brands. If you want to take it one step further or you just really enjoy painting, consider repainting your shutters or window boxes.

Change your light switchplates and outlets.

You probably don’t pay much attention to your switchplates and outlets, but when a potential buyer is walking through your home, they are going to notice even the most minute details. Replacing your mismatched or broken switchplates and outlets is an easy way to help things flow without spending a fortune. Just remember to keep it consistent throughout the house to make everything cohesive. Yes, you may not need to replace every switchplate, but make sure the remaining ones still match your new plates (especially when only replacing a few in one room).

Use neutral colors.

Buyers and realtors alike, appreciate neutral colors. People need to picture building a life in the home and keeping things a little impersonal helps to do that. Most people would prefer to paint one room bright pink for their daughter rather than worry about painting the entire house white except for their daughter’s room. Consider that the color isn’t for you, after all, it’s for the next owner, so colors like beige or gray avoid too much controversy.

Upgrade your fixtures.

Fixtures can become an eyesore, but luckily there’s a lot of simple resolutions. You can purchase new ones at a relatively inexpensive rate. Kitchn posted a full tutorial that walks you through each phase of replacing a faucet to help with the process.

Paint your kitchen cabinets.

This is one that may be easier said than done, but if you have the drive and time to paint dated cabinets, it can be a very practical way to boost your home’s appearance. Michael Corbett at Trulia recognized the kitchen and bathroom as two of the most important spaces when considering a home so if you are debating a room to put a little extra effort into, consider some kitchen upgrades. People spend a lot of time in this area, and therefore they want it to be an aesthetically pleasing space.  

Replace knobs and handle pulls.

Along the same vein, replacing knobs and handle pulls on your kitchen cabinets can be a great way to freshen up the space without going all-in to the same degree as painting your kitchen cabinets. Ashley Poskin at Apartment Therapy laid out a few tips and steps to make this upgrade even more manageable than it already is. If you are feeling particularly handy, you can also try this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens to paint your current knobs or handles.