What to Remodel Before Selling Your Home: 9 Light-Lift Projects

A new year is all about going through projects on your to-do list. If you have one big to-do list item for selling your house, you might be thinking about how you can get it in shape to put its best face forward in the new year. While there might be some major updates to take care of – like painting your home (and an additional protective coating of or similar formulas to safeguard you home’s exterior) or going for a full-on landscaping project – there are smaller projects that you can take on yourself, or with the help of a handyman in just a day or so. With these light-lift remodel projects, you can transform your home in no time.


Rearrange and revive furniture

Agents talk about staging your home before selling it – that is creating a space that will invite potential buyers in and make them feel at home. Staging is all about creating calm and making a space that is open and inviting. If your living room is cluttered with furniture, you can start with a project that isn’t exactly remodeling but instead is rethinking your space. You can move furniture from one room to another, perhaps moving an oversized chair to a bedroom. Recovering your furniture or polishing wood is another way to revive your home’s interior look.

Add an accent wall

Color can make a world of difference in your home and if you don’t want to repaint your entire interior, even adding an accent wall can do the job to add that extra pop. Since you want to sell your home, you don’t want to go too crazy, but can go for wallpaper, texture, colorful hues, and even a ceiling. It’s generally a good idea to go for lighter colors when it comes to accent walls, to avoid making your room appear dark.

Update your lighting

Replacing light bulbs is a must when getting your home ready to sell, and rethinking your lighting can also mean adding floor lamps, updating overhead fixtures (and outdoor ones too), and removing heavy drapes in favor of blinds. Adding light is one sure way to get buyers interested in your home.

Repaint your front door

Curb appeal is another feature that agents talk about when getting your home ready to sell. In other words, it’s how your home looks from the curb or its first impression. While you could go all out with an updated landscaping project, there is a simple trick to give the outside of your home a lift by painting your front door. Pop colors like red, yellow, and blue are all worth considering, depending on the color scheme of the rest of your home.

Give cabinets a facelift

A kitchen remodel can come with a hefty price tag, but updated cabinets can be an easy update. Cabinet doors can be removed and repainted, and for an even quicker fix, you can replace cabinet handles and drawer pulls.

Go green

Indoor plants can add fresh air to a home and that is one factor that can really get buyers interested. Creating a succulent garden or adding plants throughout your space are easy decorating tricks that you can make happen during a weekend.

Renew floors with paint

Reflooring your home can be a daunting task, but depending on the material you have to work with, you could get away with repainting, especially in a small space like a laundry room. Wood floors can be one candidate for this as you’ll need to sand and clean your floor first. If you aren’t sure about painting your floor, consult with a home improvement expert before getting started.

Get caulking

Aging caulk shows the age of your bathroom and that’s a definite no-no when selling your home. With a few tools and online tutorials, you can recaulk your sink and bathtub during a weekend, giving your bathroom a much-needed facelift.

Revive your kitchen sink with a backsplash

A backsplash can give your kitchen a new look, but it doesn’t have to include an involved tile project. There are backsplash options made from a single sheet of material in a variety of colors and patterns that you could even put up yourself. Your home improvement store can provide some options worth considering.

Getting your home ready to sell is a lot of work, but you can make the job easier on you and your wallet with some DIY weekend projects.