HOMEOWNERS can boost the value of their properties in plenty of ways without breaking the bank.
It could be handy if you’re keen to increase the resale price, or if you simply want to make changes to your home with small means.
We spoke to eight experts to find out about the cheap home improvements with the biggest return on your investment.
Ranging from replacing your garage door to painting the walls, below we round up the top ways.
If you’re willing to get a set of clothes dirty, painting is often said to be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to boost the value of your property.
Kevin Tilley, managing director of Mortgageable, told The Sun: “A gallon of better-than-average indoor paint costs some $40-$50.
“How much money exactly you’ll need depends on the surface of your property and whether you can do it yourself, but you can rest assured that this easy intervention will pay itself at least twice over, and then some.”
He added that this assumes that you only do it to improve the looks and not to cover up “any nasty stains”.
Another cheap way to upgrade your home is to change cabinet hardware, whether it’s in the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry room.
Andra DelMonico, lead interior designer for Trendey, said: “Changing the hardware can refresh the look of your home and give it a modern feel without having to invest a large amount of money.
“The average cost for new cabinet hardware ranges from $25 to $150, depending on how many cabinets you have and the design you choose.”
Peter Evering, business development manager of property service firm Utopia Management, added: “Focus on the things that people touch with their hands, like door handles, bathroom hardware, kitchen cabinet handles, light switches, and other hardware.
“These things see a lot of use, collect grime, and can easily become outdated.”
Whether you do it yourself or not, having a nicely trimmed garden can boost the impression of your home to potential buyers.
Get your overgrown shrubs trimmed, yard sodded, and have more colorful flowering plants added, said Edward Jones, founder of HomeCareCow.
Melanie Musson, home improvement expert with Clearsurance.com, added: “If you can turn a dead lawn into a healthy, green lawn, you’ll instantly add a couple of thousand dollars to your home’s value.
“If you use grass seed and a sprinkler to get you there, you’ll probably spend around $100.”
By installing devices such as a smart thermostat, smoke detector and a security camera, you can boost your home’s value by 5% or more, Ms Musson added.
She said: “Purchasing all three of these devices will not cost more… Brinkwire Brief News.