Selling a house is perhaps one of the most stressful times in an adult’s life. How do you make your home more appealing than your neighbours? Small fixes around the house can increase the value of a home and potentially make a quicker sale. Larger fixes will appeal to a greater market. Whether you're planning on selling or just want a nicer place to live, read on to find out what you can do to add value to your home for as little as a few dollars.


  1. Paint. One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated.
  2. Be organised. Organisation in homes make them much more appealing if the purchaser knows there is sufficient storage space.
  3. Change your light fixtures. Modern light fixtures can brighten up the room. Make the colour of the fixtures match the room decorations.
  4. Install high fences. Colourbond fences are highly sought after as everyone enjoys privacy. Having this installed will appeal to many purchasers.
  5. Get creative. Wallpaper can be used as a low-cost feature wall to give some character about the house.
  6. Plants & gardens. If you aren't planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time.
  7. Install ceiling fans. Everyone likes to save money on electricity bills, making ceiling fans an appealing addition to any home.
  8. Blinds & curtains. Replace heavy closed draperies with vertical blinds or shutters to let light in — a sunny room feels larger and more open.
  9. Update your bathroom. Even if you can't afford a full remodel, small changes such as replacing dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish and replacing old lighting will update the room without denting your wallet.
  10. Replace old carpets. Nothing turns buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all the flooring in a home.