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Easy Upgrades to Boost Your Home's Sale Value

If you are planning to list your house for sale in San Diego, then you may need to repair it and upgrade its look if you want to increase its resale value. The quick fixes here and there within the house will not only improve the aesthetics of the home but will improve the returns that you are likely to get from selling the house.

To many home owners however, the task of repairing and upgrading the house can seem daunting and too expensive to pull off. Fortunately you only need to make changes to a few elements and tweak little things here and there to get your house ready for sale.

If you are wondering which improvements you should focus on, we have listed the main areas and components that earn the highest returns. Here are the top 6 home fixes and upgrade that you need to boost your home’s sale value:

Re-facing dated cabinets

Cabinets are some of the most conspicuous and predominant features in a home especially in the kitchen and the bedroom. When someone is looking to buy a house, they are some of the first few things that will catch their eyes. If your cabinets are a bit old and look a little rugged, getting some cabinet renovations can easily boost the value of your home. 

Change your doorknobs and give them a modern touch

Traditional knobs that were installed at the time of construction are often not the prettiest, so you should consider shopping for new and modern doorknobs. Small and insignificant as they may look to you, they play a vital role in giving potential buyers an impression of the home. The classier the knobs look, the higher the perceived value of your home. They are not as expensive to purchase as other upgrades and it's an easy do-it-yourself project that can easily boost the value of your home. 

Fix your lighting

Nothing gives a house life and sets an atmosphere better than a great light fixture. It is therefore important for you as a seller to fix your lighting before listing it for sale in San Diego. When repaired and fixed properly, lighting can transform spaces in your house and give the house a wow factor that most buyers look for when buying home. Buy new and modern bulbs, chandeliers, bed lamps, desk lamps and any other additional light fixtures that will help make the space look brighter and more welcoming.


Whereas the roof and the exterior curb appeal give the buyers the first impression of a home from outside, it is the flooring that truly makes a statement about the house and creates value. If you have any dents in your floor, broken tiles or missing planks from the floor, you will need to add repairing the flooring to your to-do list. There are plenty of low-cost upgrade options for flooring and you can always go for the one that suits your budget.

Upgrade the appliances

Appliances will also need to be repaired or upgraded altogether if you want to increase the resale value of your house. If there are any redundant kitchen appliances or any other important appliances in the house that are not working properly, then you will need to call a specialist or handyman and repair them all. Investing in matching appliances throughout the house is a nice touch as well. Investing in energy efficient appliances can also help reduce the overall home energy consumption. 

Neutral colored paint

A fresh coat of paint is by far the easiest means of giving your house a quick remodel without a high cost. When painting your home for a resale, it is wise to opt for lighter and neutral colors as they appeal to most people. If you initially had an outrageous paint color, you will need to repaint it and keep it simple and plain using neutral colors. Repaint all the rooms within the house and you shall have improved its resale value by a very big percentage.

These are some of the most important parts of a house that are known for getting solid returns before you list a house for sale in San Diego. Most of these repairs are simple and can be accomplished in little time. The value of the house can dramatically increase thanks to a few small changes and fixes. You can hire a professional to help you revamp the house or do it yourself if the repairs needed are not as complex.

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If you're looking for a San Diego real estate agent to help you sell your property, the agents at Steele San Diego Homes can help you. They know the easiest renovations to make to quickly help boost your property value, without a high cost. For more information on how to sell your home, download our home seller's checklist!

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