When selling a house, many people tend to fall into a renovation trap. They feel that they need to boost the value of the house to get the best price, but they often forget that the money spent on the improvements may not directly translate to an increase in value. There are several small, simple things you can do to your house to boost its value quickly and cheaply that will allow you to sell fast and move on to a home where your renovation efforts will actually benefit you. Learn more, and contact our Columbia real estate agents to get help selling your home!

Small Fixes

Most houses are filled with small cracks, leaks, stains, or faults that may have accumulated over time. For the residents, these have eventually become more of a background annoyance than a real issue. For a buyer, however, they give an impression of a house that is difficult to maintain.

Go around your house and make a list of any small fixes you may have been putting off. In particular, look for the following issues.

  • Leaky faucets or other malfunctioning plumbing
  • Sagging or clogged gutters
  • Mold patches
  • Cracks and holes on walls
  • Peeling or curling linoleum
  • Blinking lights
  • Carpet stains

Most of these have relatively quick and simple fixes. You can tackle several of these in a day with some planning and immediately bring up your home’s value and appeal.


Now is the time to reevaluate all the paint on your walls. To begin with, if any of it is cracked, stained, or patchy, you need to cover it with a fresh coat. You also need to consider the colors on your walls and whether they are likely to attract buyers.

While you may have chosen colors that suit your tastes and decor, buyers tend to prefer neutral colors. These make the room feel bigger and also help the buyer see themselves in the space. Grays, beiges, and whites are good choices, but you should still be careful when choosing shades. For example, according to Zillow, slate gray and off-white have both been shown to actually decrease the value of a home.

It’s not just about the walls, either. According to The Guardian, painting your


Giving your house a deep clean is an essential step if you want your buyers to have a good impression of the place. A house that is clean enough to live in is not necessarily the same as a house that is clean enough to be visited by prospective buyers. Taking the time to deep clean can bring in a 3 percent to 5 percent return on investment, so it’s worth putting in some extra time and effort to do this.

You can either hire a professional cleaner to do the job or do it yourself. A professional team will cost you $200 to $400, but this option is convenient if you don’t have the time. If you are doing it yourself, you will probably need to dedicate a few days to get it done right. Prior to getting started, make sure you have the best tools for the job. A quality mop, window cleaner, and vacuum cleaner are essential. Once your home is being shown, daily vacuuming is necessary to keep your carpets and floors in top shape despite the foot traffic. Consider looking into a cordless vacuum cleaner, which can be easier, safer, and quicker to use in between showings. There are a lot of models to choose from, so read up on several options and select the one that best fits your needs.

Preparing your house for selling should not mean an extensive, complex renovation. Unless your house is a complete fixer-upper — in which case you should consider selling it as-is to someone looking for a project — you should aim to make the most of what you have. Combining these quick fixes with some basic staging will do wonders for your sale and keep you from spending too much time sprucing up a home you won’t be staying in.

When you’re ready to sell your house, Iron Gate Real Estate has the team of real estate agents you need to get the results you’re looking for. Contact our team today!