3 Easy improvements to help sell your home fast- with little to no money

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on April 2, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

You want to sell your home, but not spend a lot of money and tons of time fixing it up? Don’t worry. I got three easy steps you can do to help you sell your Tri-Valley home!

Tri-Valley area has an aggressive ‘Seller’s Market’

Even in this aggressive seller market, as we are experiencing in the Tri-Valley area, homeowners may still need to prepare their home accordingly so it sells fast and for top dollar. The right improvement projects may be one of the steps you need to consider. If so, it’s important that you not select projects based on your taste or what you would want if you were to remain in the property. Always focus on items you need to repair first. Then when it comes to improving your home, consider only those projects that will add value or cosmetic appeal to home buyers.

Now, for any specific questions, always feel free to reach out to me (Warren), but in the meantime, let’s get started on ‘the three home improvements you can do yourself so hopefully, your home will sell quickly and for top dollar!’

Curb appeal is very important

Number one: Curb appeal

I know you’ve heard this a bunch of times, but don’t discount the importance of curb appeal to the buyer. The first impression is crucial when it comes to a buyer pulling up to your home.

Buyer may not enter a home it doesn’t look inviting

I have seen buyers not even enter a home if they see something that looks off-putting, so let’s get the curb appeal taken care of first.

Landscaping is a good place to start for curb appeal

Starting with the exterior

  • Get the lawn in shape
  • Prune the trees and shrubs
  • Remove dead and dying plants
A fresh layer of mulch in the planter beds is great final touch

A layer of fresh mulch in the planter beds adds that perfect final touch. Now we’ve done the landscaping.

Clean the gutters

How’s the rest of the front of the house look?

Clean the:

  • Gutters
  • Paint the trim
  • Paint the railing
  • Paint the front door (if needed)
A black painted front door can increase sale price by 2.9%: Zillow

By the way, Zillow‘s studies find that a “black front door can increases sale prices by 2.9%”. Finally, add a pop or two of color with potted plants on the front porch near the door.

Put away all toys

Now let’s look at the interior

Start with cleaning and straightening up:

  • Make the beds
  • Store away all toys
  • Put away magazines
  • Put away TV remotes
  • Put away all clothes, etc.
Get rid of unwanted items by holding a garage sale

If you have too much stuff in your home, then consider holding a garage sale a month before you go on the market. What doesn’t sell, donate and throw away? Items you want to keep, rent a storage unit so you can house them until you move to your new location.

Paint works magic every time!

Number two: The magic of paint

New paint on a home’s interior can be transforming. Fresh paint makes a home look well taken care of and gives it that move-in-ready feel. When choosing colors go with light, natural ones, such as white, off-white, and grays. If you plan to stage your home, it’s always a good idea to reach out to the stager for any advice on colors.

Choose neutral bright colors

To learn more about color choices, please visit money-making paint colors at Forbes.com and ApartmentTherapy.com.

Update and repair the kitchen and bathrooms

Number three: Concentrate on the kitchen and the bathrooms when it comes to updating and upgrading

Now, first of all, given the market we’re in, if your kitchen and bathrooms are in decent order, I would just clean them and leave them alone.

Updating and repairing the home’s bathrooms and kitchen usually brings a good ROI

However, if these rooms do need some basic repairs and updating when handled correctly should produce a good yield on your investment. Now, if you’ve watched any of my videos before, you know I recommend the seller having inspections performed prior to going on the market. To understand more on this, please visit: Learn the Three Crucial Home Selling Mistakes.

Most of these items the homeowner or handyman can handle

For this BLOG, I’m just going to discuss projects that a homeowner or a handyman can perform.

  1. Paint
  2. Replace faucets
  3. Refinish the cabinets
  4. Add new knobs and pulls on the cabinets and drawers
  5. Re-caulk the tub and toilet
  6. Update the lighting
  7. New shower curtains
  8. Matching accessory pieces

The majority of these upgrades are simple projects that can be performed on one or two weekends right before you go on the real estate market.

Hopefully by completing all these tasks will help you have a fast and successful sell on your home.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren


Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

Warren Oberholser

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