Simple upgrades can transform your home and attract more potential buyers.

Selling your home can be an overwhelming process. There’s so much conflicting—and expensive!—advice on how to maximize the staging process. But you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars and months of your life preparing to sell.

Today, we’re sharing five simple, easy, and affordable upgrades you can make in a short period of time. These practical upgrades can contribute meaningfully to how buyers perceive your home—and the sale price.

Get rid of clutter.

Did you know you can boost your home’s value by up to 5% just by clearing out clutter? That’s hundreds or even thousands of dollars back in your pocket, just by tidying up.

Creating a whole-house declutter can be daunting. Take it room by room. Remove unnecessary furniture and accessories, clear surfaces, and clean out closets, the basement, and the garage.

Here are a few guides to get you started:

Check for stains and smells.

We’re all guilty of becoming a little nose blind in our own homes. But a buyer will definitely notice a musty odor (or worse, especially if you have pets). Ask a trusted friend to come over and sniff around. Address any aromas they notice.

Look closely for stains too. Be especially observant in the bathroom and kitchen, where spills and moisture are common. Check the toilets for rings and residue. Make sure showers and bathrooms are sparkling clean. Check walls and surfaces around the stove for grease and food spatters. Get down on your hands and knees to look under the oven and fridge for crumbs.

Upgrade the fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms.

Vintage drawer pulls may be charming, but old faucets and showerheads can put off a lot of buyers. Thankfully, updating those fixtures can totally transform the look of your bathrooms and kitchen. And it costs much less than replacing cabinetry and flooring.

Check out your local hardware store or shop online for more modern options. Make sure you strive for a cohesive look that matches the rest of your home. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you might consider replacing door knobs and cabinet hardware, too. It’s cheaper than a major renovation and still makes a big difference.

Think about your home’s curb appeal.

A neat and tidy home with an attractive yard is a big draw for potential buyers. But you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars in landscaping to make a great impression. Just cover the basics:

  • Mow the lawn and clear off any debris.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Sweep leaves, twigs, and detritus off the driveway and the sidewalk.
  • Get rid of any dead plants or weeds in the garden beds. You might consider planting some fresh flowers if the weather’s nice.

One other idea: Paint your front door!

Find creative ways to make the rooms look bigger.

It just takes a few little tricks to make your house feel brighter and more expansive. The most obvious one is a strategically placed mirror. Mirrors amplify the light in a room by bouncing it around to more surfaces. Plus, mirrors can create the illusion of more space. Don’t overdo it, of course, but think about adding a few attractive mirrors to key spaces.

Light colors can have the same effect. If you’re thinking about repainting anyway, consider a lighter shade for an airy vibe.

And don’t be afraid to experiment with layout. Move your furniture around a little and see if you can achieve a more inviting look. These little touches can totally change how a potential buyer will perceive the space.

A few simple staging hacks are all it takes to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. So get a pad of paper and start brainstorming how you might apply these ideas to your home.