5 small upgrades that pay off big time when you sell

December 7, 2021 - By marketing@allentate.com

Think you can only add value to your home by knocking down walls and gutting bathrooms? Think again!

We love these 5 easy and inexpensive ways to add tons of value to your home without slinging a sledgehammer.

Replace your outdated garage doors

Replacing tired garage doors in favor of newer, carriage-style doors is hands-down the best investment you can make in terms of ROI, as it yields a 94% return when you sell.

Home searchers love to see new garage doors, as curb appeal continues to be a top priority for buyers. Coming in at under $4,000 to replace old garage doors, this investment is one to consider if you plan to sell soon.

Add in a backsplash 

A full kitchen renovation can be very expensive and often unnecessary if you plan to sell soon.

A popular and inexpensive way to update the look of your kitchen is by adding a sleek backsplash to your kitchen. Go for something timeless like subway tile when selecting a backsplash to please most buyers.  

A fresh backsplash can also be a nice addition to a bathroom or powder room. 

Upgrade your fixtures

Upgrading outdated hardware in your home with fresh handles, faucets, shower heads and knobs can instantly modernize a space and give your home the boost it needs. 

Another great way to sprinkle upgrades throughout your home is to add modern light fixtures. Create a glowing ambiance in every room with upgraded, inexpensive lights options.

Creating a multi-use room

How you stage your home is key in earning top dollar when you sell. Emerging home search trends show that buyers are looking for homes that have multipurpose use. Turn that second living room into a home office and add some seating to entertain guests or add in a Murphy bed to a bonus space.


If your home is already painted in warm neutrals you can skip this step, but for most sellers, we find this step is absolutely crucial. Forgo cool steely grays and instead opt for warm gray-beige colors, soft white or even gray/green hues to freshen up your space. Don’t forget about your front door, too!

Need some paint color inspiration? Here’s the 2022 paint color forecast guide.

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