Moving out of your first home and into a new one is an exciting journey. You’re ready to move on to the next step in your life and that’s great! But first comes the challenge of actually selling your first house. How can you increase its market value without breaking the bank on home improvement projects? Keep reading to learn more.

Update the Kitchen

A kitchen update may sound daunting at first, but the truth is that there are a few simple things you can do to make your kitchen really shine. First, there’s no need to purchase new cabinets. Instead, consider painting them a neutral color and swapping out the old hardware for something a little sleeker. If you’re really into DIY home beautification, you can even put up a bit of tile backsplash for an added touch of newness.

Clean Up the Bathroom

It’s easy to think you need a brand new vanity and bathtub to make your bathroom feel brand new. Fortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, consider replacing fixtures like your faucet, showerhead, and lights with new ones. Along with a new coat of paint, this is a relatively inexpensive fix that can make your bathroom look and feel shiny and new. Don’t forget to give your bathtub and tiles a good scrubbing down, too!

Power Wash Your Home’s Exterior

The typical home sold is usually on the market for about three weeks. Want your home to sell faster? A good power washing can help remove any dirt and grime masking your beautiful siding or brick exterior. And renting a pressure washer isn’t terribly expensive, either. Make sure you pick an afternoon with good weather and you’re set to make your home sparkle and shine.

Check on Your Lighting

When was the last time you changed your lightbulbs or replaced an old lamp? Now is the best time to do just that. A well-lit home is a great selling point! If you notice a few outdated lighting fixtures in your home, make a point to replace them. In addition, make sure you’re changing out any old or dull lightbulbs. If you’re really looking to let the light in, consider giving the interiors of your windows a good cleaning, as well.

Selling your home can be a challenge, but with these simple, budget-friendly tips, you could reduce how much time your home spends on the market and increase its value. Are you ready to take the next step in your life?