Increasing the value of your home doesn’t need to be an expensive or time-consuming process. If you plan on putting your home on the market in the near future, you might want to take a quick look at these simple and affordable upgrades.

1. Paint the Interior Walls

Painting your home’s interior walls is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase the value of your home. One study revealed that painting the interior of a home has a return of 107 percent in some locations.

When choosing a paint color, stick to tones that are neutral and warm. Some of the best interior colors include beiges, tans and grays.

2. Give the Kitchen a Facelift

If you hire a real estate agent, speak with them about the benefits of giving your kitchen a makeover. The kitchen is often the first place that buyers look, and you want to be absolutely sure that it is the perfect blend of form and function.

At the very least, paint the kitchen cabinets and consider upgrading all of the hardware for the cabinets and drawers.

You should also replace your faucet if it is more than a few years old.

3. Install a Few Smart Devices

Installing smart devices is easier than ever, and that technology will make your home much more appealing.

One of the best smart home upgrades is a wireless thermostat that can be controlled through a mobile app.

This device can save you quite a bit of money, because you have complete climate control, based on the time or day, and it will greatly improve the functionality of your home.

Wireless lights are another popular option, but you might need to also purchase a control hub, depending on the product.

4. Fix Minor Problems

Experienced contractors should be able to service all major mechanical systems in your home in a single afternoon, and many of those professionals offer free inspections.

While you might be able to fix slow leaks and change air filters, electrical work should be left to a certified contractor.

Electrical work can be dangerous, and you might void your homeowner’s insurance if you carry out any repairs without professional help.

Another important step in this process is making sure that property has excellent curb appeal.

First impressions are important, and that is why you need to keep your yards clutter-free and well-maintained at all times.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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