Sell your house for MORE with these 5 Super Cheap House Updates

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on April 12, 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.

The pandemic has forced us to live 24/7 in our homes

Who knew it would take a pandemic and being forced to remain in your home all the time, 24/7, to turn something you love and to something you despise? It’s interesting to learn how we live with a homes flaws, being it decorating that needs to be updating, to a way too small kitchen, but living with these flaws 24/7, especially with children under foot, while trying to remain productive, isn’t easy. If you’re still reeling from the remnants of cabin fever and you don’t plan on selling your home for something different, then how about giving it a spruce up? You’d be surprised how easy and inexpensive it is to make your home easier to live in.

Here are my 5 Super Cheap House Updates to Sell your house for MORE!

Get rid of the old and replace with something exciting

Number One: Get rid of the stale and boring

Too often we learn to just live with something never considering how it really makes us feel. This includes home decor items. Go through the home with an aim of looking at every piece of art, all the throw rugs, and curtains, every hanging mirror, every accessory on shelves and tabletops, include every object of decor in the home top to bottom. Those items that no longer appeal to you, that you find stale and boring, they need to go. Sell them on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or even eBay, or have a garage sale. Use this money to buy items that better appeal to you.

Brighten your home with new plants

Number Two: Stock up on live plants

You’ve heard that expression, what goes around comes around. Well, this is especially true for 2021. In the 1970s houseplants were all the rage. Americans created urban jungles in their apartments and homes with hanging plants, tall trees, and even food crops. Well, it’s back. Today, it’s primarily millennials catching that house plant fever, but others are enjoying the trend as well. Indoor plants can add interest and color to your home, and they don’t necessarily require a lot of care. From the Chinese evergreen to peace slowly, and the ponytail palm, there’s a variety of low-maintenance house plants from which to choose.

If you have children or pets, you’ll want to ensure the plants you choose aren’t toxic. The ASPCA online offers a database of thousands of plants and rates their toxicity when it comes to pets. Type the name of the plant into the box labeled “Enhanced by Google” to learn all about pet-safe plants For more information on plants to avoid if you have children visit or check out the list at

(By the way, plants don’t clean the air in homes. Surprised? Learn how the NASA study was misunderstood and manipulated when presented to the public and how the media and the landscaping industry’s claims have been debunked.)

Spruce up the kitchen

Number Three: Spruce up the kitchen

It is so easy and inexpensive to help your kitchen get over the blahs. Start with the cabinets and install new hardware. Be aware, however, the arrays of choices can be overwhelming. Take a look at the decorating websites for kitchens that appeal to you. Do you like knobs or handles? Contemporary or country or antique? Which finishes appeal to you? Then head to the hardware store or shop online at,,, Signature Hardware, or

New lights can make a big differnce

Number Four: Light it up

I get it, some people feel comfortable in the dark, but when it comes to the interior of your home, a dark atmosphere is dreary and it’s also unhealthy. A National Institute of Health study found that inadequate light in housing is independently associated with depression and falls in those older than 18 years of age. In fact, those participants who claimed to have inadequate lighting in their homes were nearly 1.5 times more likely to be depressed than those that had adequate lighting. The rate of falls was two times more likely to occur than those people with proper lighting in their homes.

If your home lacks windows depriving you of natural light streaming in consider either brighter bulbs in your current light fixtures, or just adding more light fixtures. Start with a room you feel least comfortable in and change the ceiling fixtures or just add more table lamps. It’s a safe bet that by making those small changes will change the entire atmosphere of the room that you previously couldn’t stand.

The magic of new paint

Number Five: The magic of new Paint

If you’ve seen any of my BLOGS and videos on home preparation, you know I refer to this as the “Magic of new paint.” Paint is the wonder drug for what ails a house. Not only does it change the appearance of the room, but it makes it fresh and new. Now, if paint isn’t your thing, consider wallpaper. If you haven’t purchased paint before be aware color choices are now endless. It’s always safe to go with light colors, such as off-white and grays.

Bonus: Arrange, change and replace the furniture

Bonus: Arrange, change and replace the furniture

Now I’ve got a bonus for you. Another way to get excited about your house is to look at your furniture. Do you like the arrangement? Do you have too much? Does it need to be changed up a bit? You may want to sell some in a consignment store and find something else to replace it. Buy new window coverings or flooring.

Now, after you’ve done all this, and if the home still doesn’t appeal to you, you’ve obviously updated your home. It probably looks better to anybody else. You may want to consider just selling. Now, if this is the case, I’d love to sit down with you and discuss the journey of where you’d like to move to next.

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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