Preparing your home for sale is one of the best things you can do to guarantee a quick process and a great bottom line. However, the preparation doesn’t have to be stressful, time-consuming, or financially difficult. There are many things that you can do to get your home looking its best for buyers. Today, we’re asking you to wear two hats: that of a seller and that of a buyer. By looking at your home through these two lenses, you’ll be able to make the best decisions while getting your home in top shape for selling – all while getting the best bang for your buck. Employ these five cosmetic upgrades under $1,000 to get your home sale-ready.

New Sink/Faucet

Estimated cost: $250 – $450

One of the things you might have heard is that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. In our many years in this industry, we’ve definitely found that to be true. While there are a lot of cosmetic upgrades you can make to your kitchen including everything from new appliances to new countertops, one of the most cost-effective, impactful swaps is getting a new sink and upgraded faucet. Home stores like Wayfair offer beautiful, apron front sinks for under $400. Adding a new sink is a stylish, timeless, and affordable option for making a big change with a minor adjustment.

New Backsplash

Estimated cost: $200 – $400

In addition to swapping in a new sink/faucet into your kitchen, another affordable upgrade is to update your backsplash. While this is definitely a DIY project for those that are a little more confident in their home improvement skills, the impact can be worth the potential frustration. A simple white subway tile is timeless yet on trend and makes a kitchen look crisp and fresh. Even better? You can find 3×6 white subway tile for under $1.15 per square foot.


Estimated cost: $30/gallon

There is no greater impact than a fresh coat of paint. Taking the time to paint is a great way to get your home ready for sale without busting your budget. Plus, it’s a simple project that you can do yourself with just a few tools. If you don’t have time to repaint every room, focus your attention on the main living areas. Be sure to take the time to cover any holes from photos and artwork as well as any scratches or dings. For just a few dollars and a few hours, you can make drastic improvements.


Estimated cost: FREE

We always stress the importance of decluttering and depersonalizing to our clients. Both of these easy fixes are not only going to help sell your home, they’re free fixes too. By decluttering, you’ll be putting your home’s best foot forward. Take shampoo bottles out of your shower, clean-out closets, and rid your rooms of all of that extra stuff. We also recommend depersonalizing. Remove most of your family photos or children’s artwork from the refrigerator doors. This simple process will help potential buyers picture themselves in the home, and that’s exactly what we want!

Outdoor Refresh

Estimated cost: $0 – $400

Remember: the exterior of your home is its first impression on potential buyers. If you are going to focus attention anywhere, we recommend doing so outside. Remove weeds and dead plants. Fill window boxes and porch planters. Clean-up around your mailbox. Give your windows a good scrub. All of these things can be accomplished by spending little to no money whatsoever. If you do want to put a little extra oomph in your yard, consider adding fresh mulch to your beds and trees. For as little as $400 including labor, you can give your yard new life!

These are just a few ways that you can get your home ready for listing. If you have specific questions about your home or are looking for other ideas for putting your home’s best foot forward, contact us! The Wright-Clinkscales team would love to answer any questions you might have.