Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: 10 Low Budget Fixes That Bring a Bigger Bottom Line

10 Low Budget Fixes That Bring a Bigger Bottom Line

A Little Money in the Right Places 10 Places Produces Big Results

10 low budget fixes that bring a bigger bottom lineA seller doesn't have to spend tons of money to make his house competitive. Many of the items he can do are low budget items and if done correctly can bring significant dollars to the seller's bottom line.

Let's start with the outside and work our way inside. If we can get the buyers in the door we have a much better chance of getting an offer, a Really Good Offer.


1. Landscape Is an Attention Getter.

Prune, trim, edge, pull weeds and mow. Adding some fresh flowers and mulch makes it look fresh and loved. Too much landscape doesn't let the home show through and two little makes it look naked. You need the right balance.


2. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint to the Front Door.

Make sure the front looks clean and inviting. You may need new hardware to make it shine. Remove clutter from the front porch area. Planters with a little color make it look welcoming.make a world of difference. If you have window shutters make them fresh looking, too.

3. Clean Your Windows and Siding.

Dirty windows show neglect and so does mildewed siding. Get a pressure washer and do some cleaning. If you don't have the time to do it yourself then hire it done.


4. Make Your Home Smell Good.

Clean is the best smell there is. Air out the curtains, shampoo the carpets and rugs, get rid of stinking dogs beds. Don't smoke in the house and be very conscious of strong cooking smells. Places bowls of vinegar and baking soda around will help absorb odors. Ozone machines will also help remove odors. Don't hide odors, get rid of them. Use air fresheners sparingly as buyers are often turned off by these heavy scents.


5. Declutter and Thin Out.

Rooms will grow will less furniture and stuff. Less is better. If you can do without it, pack it up, give it away or throw it away. Your closets need to look like you have room to spare. Too much on walls is also a distraction. A little decor is preferred to too much decor.

6. Clean the Places You think a Buyer Will Never Look.

Serious buyers look in all the wrong or right places. They open doors, cabinets, return air grills to HVAC units, attics, basements and even in the refrigerator. Just to be on the safe side, have these areas spotless. If all goes well they need to be cleaned for the move anyway.

6. Paint Walls and Trim if Necessary.

If your walls and trim are scarred and dirty, paint them. If the colors are too dark or too light, paint them. Painting with a trending color can boost your house into HGTV status. Don't be afraid to use color but don't go overboard with too many colors and conflicting colors schemes. Fresh paint makes a home smell better too.


7. Change Out the Small Outdated Items.

New hardware on doors and cabinets can make a dramatic difference. A new light fixture here or there can make a room look totally new. Give it a try. This will catch a buyer's attention.


8. Good Lighting

Good lighting is essential. You can do this by adding more wattage or more light fixtures. Opening the blinds and curtains can be like turning on a light switch. Add a well placed mirror here or there can make a room look bigger and reflect light. This makes it look bigger and better.

9. Staging Can Present the Package in a Better Way.

A little power washing can make a world of difference and make them look like new. The outside elements leave dirt and grime behind and over time they discolor and make these look dingy. If you don't have a power washer, rent one or use a power nozzle on your garden hose and some cleaner. It will be worth it.

9. Don't Forget the Landscaping

Clean out the shrub beds, trim shrubs and mow the lawn. While you are selling be diligent and do not let it get overgrown and tall. Everyone loves a neat and well-cared for lawn.

10. Consider Flying a Flag or Placing a Pretty Wreath on the Door.

It may not work in your area but it works in mine. These grab the buyer's attention and they don't know exactly why. It makes the house stand out from the competition. Flying an American flag looks good and patriotic and we all know we need more patriotism.

10 Low Budget Fixes That Bring a Bigger Bottom Line.


These 10 Low Budget Items will make a huge difference is the presentation of the home and bring more money to the seller's bottom line. From the curb to the front door to engaging all the senses of the buyer when they step inside, to making the home look roomy and bright, if a buyer can see himself living in the home the next step is to make the offer, a Really Good Offer.


For Clarksville TN Real Estate and more advice on selling your home, contact Debbie Reynolds, Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent at 931-320-6730.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsDebbie Reynolds • October 24 2016 08:37PM


Good morning Debbie.  These are all well worthwhile tasks for any seller wanting to improve their bottom line.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Good morning Debbie. Inexpensive investments can yield big returns! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Excellent message to home owners Debbie Reynolds such easy chores with huge benefits and results

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds - These are all great practices a seller should consider when selling their home.  I just had a listing appointment and created a post for my soon to be clients that touches on many of these issues. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Hi Debbie

This is a terrific blueprint for homeowners to increase their bottom line when selling, or even if they perhaps just want to make their home more appealing in general!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

Great post!  I always tell folks cleaning, decluttering, lighting are all super important and almost free!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 3 years ago

Love the front door idea and to go a bit farther on that, we bought a condo that was built in 1991 and for the last ten years has been a short term rental. We were remodeling, getting rid of the popcorn ceilings and painting the interior. While thge painters were there we asked them to paint the inside of the front door, and voila, it was night and day the difference. Never knew how bad the before was until we saw the after.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Well you certainly get a big huge LIKE from this stager on these tips!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

This is a great list of things a seller can do to help his home show better.

Featured in BananaTude!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

Good Morning Debbie - all of these choices will make the home more pleasing to the eye which will sell.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

What a terrific list to show your seller before they list their home! Thanks so much for posting on AR.

Posted by Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 3 years ago

Debbie, it really is all about making the first impression a lasting one. Thanks for sharing the tips I hope you have a great afternoon.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 3 years ago

Great Post! My listing itinerary always includes that sellers take a hard look and pretend they were looking at the house for the first time as a buyer, and want to "feel" that the sellers care about their home.

They have to take off the owner hat and put on a  a different one:  seller hat.

Posted by Mary Horesco PA, "Redefining Service in Real Estate" (RE/MAX Affinity Mercato) over 3 years ago

Hi Debbie, great list for all home sellers, homes that show well, sell fast.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 3 years ago

Debbie those are good easy to do low cost suggestions which produce big profits in return.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 3 years ago

Good job here Debbie.  It is so often we hear a seller wanting to replace a floor or something as extravagent and yet will not do any of the simple things you have pointed out.  Good post.  mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 3 years ago

Debbie Reynolds Excellent low budget fixes tips for higher returns.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 3 years ago


Your 10 low budget fixes is a road map to a successful sale.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Hello Debbie 

Great post and have great week ahead ...

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 3 years ago

I love the post. I will share it with my clients. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

Debbie, great list!  These are all so cost-effective for people who want to see their homes fly off the shelf for top dollar.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 3 years ago

I always advise sellers to look at the house through the eyes of the buyers.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 3 years ago

Thanks Debbie!

A checklist that is sure to lead to success for all who follow it.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago